Count me as one of the affected. One of my winter concerns has now come true:
Well, freezing temps and a drop light w/ tarp over pump, basket, fliter has not proven worthy of my attempts to keep them from freezing. Water in pool, on top of mesh cover and skimmer is fine...not frozen. We had to reprime pump and filter last week to dump water from pool as well finally got a lot of rain, but then forgot to drain again. I'm thinking we had overnight feezing temp Wednesday nite and that's when things froze up, didn't know things were frozen however. Not cognizant of overnight lows that night. However, heard weather report for Thursday night for lows in teens, went to turn pump on and found out things were already frozen. ****! Only put drop light/tarp out last night after discovering things frozen, pump would not engage after one try.
We will have temps in the high 40s today and 50's again tomorrow. Overnight lows in the mid 20s tonight. I'm keeping the drop light/tarp on throughout the day. Hoping by doing that, as well as the increased ambient air temps and suns rays, will melt the frozen water in the pump, basket and filter. I'm sure underground pipes are fine as they are insulated 3 feet deep in the soil. I'm not worried about them. (You'll really have to convince me otherwise, as our water line from the well is no deeper than that and it's never frozen).
So how much damage have I done to my pump and filter at this point?