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Texas Winter Weather Guidelines for Pools
Texas knows how to do winter, no question about it. We have temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s, then it turns cold for 3-4 days, then back to warm weather. Those cold temperature dips can be tough on your pool, so here are some guidelines to help you prepare your pool for winter.
BEFORE THE WEATHER TURNS COLD . . .
Keep your maintenance up
Get on our seasonal maintenance program. This will insure that your filter cleans are kept up to date and your pool receives a regular inspection. We also check your freeze protection to make sure that the sensors are working and the programming is correct.
DURING THE COLD SPELL . . .
Make sure the pool keeps circulating
Look outside and make sure your pool is circulating. Sometimes freeze protection fails and sometimes pumps lose prime.
Putting a cover over your equipment can also provide some protection against the super-cooling effect of harsh winds in temperatures below 20 degrees.
Maintain your water level
Pools actually lose more water when it is 15 degrees outside than they do when it is 100 degrees outside. Seriously. The evaporation rate is directly proportional to the difference between air and water temperature.
Make sure your outside faucets are covered and drain your garden hoses so they are not full of ice when you need to use them to fill the pool.
Do not turn your pool heater on
It does not help and it can actually damage the heater. When the water is really cold, it causes a corrosive condensation to drip inside the heater.
Don’t try to chop the ice out of your pool
We have had customers fall into their pool and nearly die of hypothermia. We have also seen many instances where they have damaged the plaster with their axes.
Need a Service Call?
Call or text us at 469-651-9449 or send a message here. We answer the phone from 8 am – 5 pm M-F and we monitor our texts during the off hours.
Talk to a real person, not an automated answering system.
WHAT IF THE POWER GOES OUT?
We all remember the disastrous power outages that began in the early hours of February 15, 2021.
Unfortunately, everyone was asleep (including the folks at ERCOT) and by the time we all woke up, it was too late. The damage had largely been done. The near zero temps combined with high winds quickly froze everything up.
How to prevent freeze damage
If it appears that there will be a prolonged time of near zero temperatures, consider draining the water from your equipment and shutting it off beforehand.
If there is a power outage or if the pump stops running for some other reason, and your equipment is in danger of freezing up, then the best thing is to try to drain the equipment. Its no fun doing this in the cold.
Turn the main power off
Remove the drain plugs from the pumps, filter and heater and any other equipment that has plugs. Store the plugs in a safe place. Pool techs normally leave them in the pump basket.
Take the lids off the pumps and the chlorinator.
If you can introduce some air into each piece of equipment, you will give the ice some expansion room and reduce the risk of damage.
What makes us different?
We answer our phones personally.
If it is more convenient, you can text our main line at 469-651-9449.
All calls and texts are automatically transcribed into our system to allow our management team to stay “in the loop” on what is happening with each customer.
We are a family business. Jonathan (left) and Jason (right) grew up in the business and learned our values from a young age
Jonathan manages our business side and Jason manages our production side.
Tim Mott (center) is still very involved on a full time basis overseeing the overall operation and customer service.
We have invested in professional grade service body trucks and construction equipment which enables us to handle almost any kind of pool problem.
We are recommended by over 20 other companies for their customers for things that are outside their normal scope of operation.
5380 State Hwy 276
Royse City TX 75189