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    what if I dont close pool? Snow / Ice

    What if I don't close my pool? What happens with snow and ice? Im in Tulsa and we get both.
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    Re: what if I dont close pool? Snow / Ice

    You'll have to keep the pump running whenever it's freezing. You'll also have to keep the water level down whenever you get snow. How hard does it freeze where you are?
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    Re: what if I dont close pool? Snow / Ice

    Tulsa Oklahoma..we get ice more than snow
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    Re: what if I dont close pool? Snow / Ice

    Does the pool water freeze at all? How thick does it get?
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    Re: what if I dont close pool? Snow / Ice

    its a brand new pool so Im not sure. I know I would have to run pump when its below freezing..
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    Re: what if I dont close pool? Snow / Ice

    Quote Originally Posted by thelorib
    its a brand new pool so Im not sure. I know I would have to run pump when its below freezing..
    Not necessarily. We regularly get below freezing air temps during the winter and sometimes down to 20F but it is usually not long enough for the water to freeze in the pipes. So that is why I asked about the water freezing. If you have more than 8 consecutive hours of below freezing air temps, there is a higher chance of freezing but instead of running the pump, you could drain the pad equipment for a day or two and save a little on pump electricity costs. The underground pipes take much longer (days) before they will freeze. However, if the surface water starts to freeze, you will need to protect the skimmers from cracking. Another trick to prevent freezing of the equipment is to tarp it and put an incandescent light bulb (i.e. heat source) under the tarp. So running the pump may prevent freezing but there are other options as well. However, if you have days of constant freezing temperatures, then you are better off closing the pool.
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    Re: what if I dont close pool? Snow / Ice

    thank you!
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