Preparing Your Pool for Extreme Weather: A Message from Blue Ocean

Preparing Your Pool for Extreme Weather: A Message from Blue Ocean

Your pool, equipment, and investment deserve the best care, especially during challenging weather conditions. Here are some essential tips to help you safeguard your pool:

1. Ensure Continuous Pump Operation

For pools with single-speed pumps or those without freeze protection, running them continuously during the freeze period is crucial. Most panels come with built-in freeze protection for variable-speed pumps. Please confirm that your freeze protection is enabled in your panel. Our technicians are on standby to ensure this is activated where applicable, but it’s always a good idea to double-check!

2. Insulate Your Equipment

Cover your equipment with a tarp or blanket for additional protection, being mindful of wires and ventilated motors. Safeguard exposed bibs by covering them with towels and garbage bags. Wrap pipes with insulating material, such as cut pool noodles, to prevent freezing.

3. Run Water Features & Heater 24/7

Keep your water features operational to ensure continuous water movement through the pipes. If you have a heater, start it before the freeze to allow sufficient time for warming up. Maintain pumps and water features to ensure correct running during freezing temperatures.

4. Power Loss Precautions

In case of a power outage, turn off all circuit breakers connected to pool equipment. Open all valves to relieve any pressure buildup. Open the air bleed valve on the top of your filter. Remember to remove drain plugs from pumps and filters, including booster pumps, feature pumps, and certain heaters. If you have a salt cell, please remove it. If feasible, disassemble as much equipment as possible, including the top of your filter housing, and bring it inside to your garage or shed.

While we don’t anticipate any major issues, it’s always best to be prepared. If you have any further questions, concerns, or need extra clarification, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our team is prepped and ready for anything that may come our way.