How to Protect Your Pool During a Hard Freeze


Wondering how you can protect your pool and pool equipment during the months that we get freezing weather? Here are a few tips from us at Lagniappe Pools! 


Every pool that was built by Lagniappe Pools has built-in freeze protection that automatically gets to work when the ambient temperature reaches 34 degrees. This will move your pool water, preventing freezing, so no need to run your heater. 


For short-term cold spells, when the temperature is between 0-32 degrees you can run your pool heater if you start it before freezing conditions begin and run your pump continuously. However prolonged heater operation below 50 degrees is not recommended as it can lead to damage that is not covered under warranty. 




Steps to take before a freeze (if you have power):

-Maintain proper water levels (to the middle of the skimmer).

-Balance your water to the following levels:

·      pH: 7.2-7.6

·      Total Alkalinity: 80-120 ppm

·      Calcium Hardness: 200-400 ppm

·      Sanitizer (chlorine): 2.0-4.0 ppm


-Booster pumps for pool cleaners don’t need to run continuously.

-Water feature pumps should be run, and valves should be open. Alternately, you can cover and drain the pump and pipes.

-Insulate plumbing lines with blankets or towels to prevent freezing. Even pool noodles can serve as good insulation around pipes.


Steps to take if power is lost:

-Shut off each piece of equipment individually and turn off the breakers to your equipment.

-Drain the pool pumps by removing the plug on the bottom of each pump. Remove the lids to the pump and leave them open.

-Drain the cartridge filter by removing the drain plug at the bottom of the filter housing.

-Remove the top on Jandy valves, check valves, or other valves. If necessary, open the valves so water can move down the pipe.

-Disconnect any aerators and lines to slides.

-If you use an automatic pool cleaner, remove it, drain the water from it, and store it properly.


Do not use any type of electric heaters, electric blankets, portable gas heaters, or heat lamps on or near your pool pump and filter as they can damage equipment or cause a fire.


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