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    Is what Im doing dangerous for my pool / spa

    Hey guys,

    I ordered a safety cover for my pool and attached spa about 2 weeks ago. Im still waiting for it to come in and my pool guy to install. I live in NY. Should take another week or two.

    Its VERY cold in NY right now. Anywhere from 25degrees to 30degrees. Wind chill makes it feel colder.

    My pool guy (who is a genius) told me not to worry about it. He says ground temps are still high enough where I dont have to worry, and just to keep it running as much as possible.
    I dont mind that. I have it running 24/7 right now. But my concern is the spill-over-spa. That isnt running. Its raised about 8 inches out of the ground.

    Since I cant really run that and the pool, its pretty much off. The top layer of water keeps freezing. I just break it up, run it for a little while, and then turn the pool back on.

    Is there a significant risk of the pipes at the spa freezing and having problems?
    He says no. But I would like some 2nd, 3rd opinions.
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    Re: Is what Im doing dangerous for my pool / spa

    I would have a hard time chancing it.

    Why cant you close the pool and just wait the 2 weeks for the cover? Raise the water to shock level, and blow out the lines. You might get a little debris in the pool w/o the cover, but by now it shouldnt be too much.
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    Re: Is what Im doing dangerous for my pool / spa

    Why can't you circulate water through the spa?
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    Re: Is what Im doing dangerous for my pool / spa

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320
    Why can't you circulate water through the spa?
    Exactly my thoughts - its a spill over spa, so why can't you have it operate in that mode?
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    Re: Is what Im doing dangerous for my pool / spa

    Quote Originally Posted by lborne
    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320
    Why can't you circulate water through the spa?
    Exactly my thoughts - its a spill over spa, so why can't you have it operate in that mode?
    I can. But I have it operating on pool mode 99% of the time to keep the pool water moving.
    I guess I can do half / half...
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    Re: Is what Im doing dangerous for my pool / spa

    I would assume that it's valved so you could keep some spillover from the spa into the pool. It wouldn't take much to keep the ice off the spa. Having said that, at those temps, it's unlikely that you'd be risking any structural damage to the spa. Normally, I'm more concerned with exposed pipes which have water standing in them. You're more likely to burst a pipe than damage a reinforced concrete structure.
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