As the weather gets colder, it’s time to start protecting parts of your home from freezing – including your pool equipment. Pool plumbing that cracks and equipment that freezes can end up costing you a lot of money. Fortunately, taking a few steps early on can protect your pool equipment throughout the winter. Here are the steps you should follow to protect your pool equipment from freezing:
1. Clean your Pool Equipment
Cleaning your pool equipment isn’t necessarily a requirement for protecting your equipment from freezing. However, it will make some of the prepping for winter processes easier. Furthermore, it’s not much good to protect your equipment from freeze damage if gunk that’s left through the course of winter is going to damage it anyway.
The first piece of equipment you’ll want to clean is the pool filter. This is going to take some time, and the process varies depending on what kind of filter you have. Here is an in-depth guide on how to clean each kind of pool filter.
Next is your pool skimmer. Take off the lid and remove the basket. Scoop all the debris out of the basket and then rinse it off to remove any remaining dirt. Make sure that there’s no debris left in the skimmer before replacing the basket and putting back on the lid.
Finally, clean out your pool pump. Shut off the pump and pull out any large debris that’s inside the pump basket.
2. Shut Off the Equipment
Before going any further, you’ll want to make sure that any and all pool equipment has been turned off.
3. Lower the Water Level
Some people are tempted to completely drain their pools before the freezing weather hits. However, this is not recommended because the expansion of the soil during freezing temperatures can push an empty pool out of the ground. Instead, you’ll want to lower the water level to just beneath the skimmer.
4. Blow Water Out of the Pool Lines
To protect your pool’s plumbing from freezing, you’ll want to get all of the water out of the pipes. To do so, you can simply blow it out using an air compressor or a shop vac. First, you’ll want to blow air down the skimmer. Then you can unscrew the drain plug on your pool pump and connect the air compressor or shop vac. Continue the air stream until you see bubbles coming out of the returns. Use a similar method to clear out the heater and other equipment’s lines.
5. Plug Up Return Lines
Once you’ve gotten the water out of your pool lines, you’ll want to plug up the return lines. The return lines are the openings that lead into the pool (not including the main drains or the skimmer lines). You can use threaded or expanding plugs on these openings.
6. Add Antifreeze
Adding antifreeze is a good way to further protect your pipes from freezing. However, do not use car antifreeze. There is a special kind of antifreeze for pool plumbing. It’s also important to note that you can only use this antifreeze for PVC plumbing, so check what kind of pipes you have before adding antifreeze to them.
7. Remove Drain Plugs
The final step for protecting your pool equipment from freezing is removing the drain plugs. You’ll want to remove all drain plugs from the pump, filter, and other equipment. The instruction manuals for the equipment can help you locate the drain plugs so that you make sure you get them all.
If you want help preparing your pool equipment for winter, contact Liquidus Pools. Their pool technicians can take care of the process for you so that your pool stays in good shape and your equipment doesn’t freeze.