i am in desperate need of help. this is my first year of owning a pool and i've been rather busy and next thing i know the last few days temp dropped below 0 at night and this morning my pool was frozen. I came home and luckily it was the surface that was frozen. I broke up the ice in the skimmer basket, so no damage done there. I went to turn on the pump and i found that the pipe right next to the pump is frozen (the pipe that comes from the skimmer). I tried to heat it to melt, but only a little bit worked.
The next 5 days, temp will be above 10 degree C so i'm hoping i can close it then. I bought a shop 4HP shop vac which i'm planing to use to blow out the line. Please help me here as i'm still a little confused.
I have a inground pool with 2 returns and one skimmer.
-i will balance ph level
- i will shock the pool
- i will drain water level below skimmer but slightly above return lines
- now this is my problem. Where do i plug in the shop vac to blow the line? Can i plug in where the skimmer is? Do i plug it in where i plug the pool vacuum to clean the pool or in the other hole that's closed? Also, do i put the filter in any mode when blowing the lines?
I know i have to plug the return lines with those rubber caps.
after i blow the lines and plug the return lines. i will put that gizzmo in the skimmer and put antifreezer in there. Some people said to put anti freezer in the lines also. How do i do that? where do i put the anti freezer in?
There is another skimmer near the pump, what do i do there? i know i will drain that skimmer, should i add anti freezer there as well?
Should i drain the sand filter? Also, there is a switch next to the pump which closes and open the pipe, should i close that switch?
Now what about the main drain? When i opened the pool this summer, the pool guy said i have no main drain. But in the deep end, i see a cap with holes. Also, when i put the filter in drain mode, i see that water goes down, so i'm guessing i do have a main drain. If i do, how do i blow the main drain? Where do i plug the shop vac?
I also have a compressor, if i decide to use that, where do i plug the compressor?
Here is a picture of my pump set up
PLEASE HELP ME, I WILL REALLY APPRECIATE ALL THE HELP.