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    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Edmond OK

    New pool owner - winter weather questions

    Hello, I am new to the pool world, so please forgive any misstatements I make, or incorrect terms I use!

    We moved into our current home about six weeks ago, and it has a beautiful in-ground pool. We are near Oklahoma City. The pool pump is Hayward and there is also a Hayward heater. We are from Texas, and have never had a pool before. When my husband asked the previous owner about anything special to do with the pool in the winter, the owner just said when it would get cold, he would run the heater for a while, and that's it.

    For reference, the pool is less than two years old.

    Well, we just entered a big cold snap, the first of the year, and right now it is 32 degrees outside and it has been snowing/sleeting lightly most of the day. I noticed the little pool system thing said "freeze warning, filter on", and the filter has been running continuously all day. The pool and spa temp are both at 43 degrees.

    I started googling after reading this message about the freeze warning, and read a lot about winterizing... I don't think the previous owner ever winterized the pool, and I don't know if our climate is cold enough to justify doing so. Yes, it will go below freezing, but it will also get above freezing for at least several hours pretty much every day. Any thoughts on this?

    Husband also wanted to turn on the pool heater to heat the water up a bit (like the previous owner had mentioned doing), but when I pulled out the manual, it seemed to discourage this when it's really cold. Is this true? Can we turn it on or should we not? Would it even work if we tried?

    Do we need to do anything special now to protect the pool and heater, other than making sure the freeze protection is on and the filter keeps running? I am really worried because I obviously don't want anything to freeze/be damaged. Thanks in advance for any advice.

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    Jul 2011
    Eastern Ohio

    Re: New pool owner - winter weather questions

    I'd like to start off by welcoming you to TFP! We hope you enjoy yourself here!!

    As for your question..........
    It's hard to fully say just what will occur as down south is facing some VERY weird weather as of late. One of the best things you and your husband can do is to quickly get familiar with winterizing your pool. This includes draining your pump/heater/filter and capping off the returns and skimmers. By being familiar with this process you can save yourself IF the weather turns much worse and the power goes out. As for the current conditions however, you likely will be safe by simply leaving the pump/filter running as it doesn't appear the temps will drop below 32 for an extended period of time. It maybe in your best interest however to cover your pump and filter with a tarp and place an incandescent light under it to help create some extra heat.

    This thread can help you with some extra details on this issue.

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