Here in North East Texas, we have finally gotten some of the winter weather the rest of the country has been experiencing. It's fun playing in the snow! However, now the power is out so no freeze protection for the pool... I have a generator for the house, but not enough juice to run the pool. Normally, I don't worry too much about the cold temps here because they are short lived. This time, though, we have been at or below 32 for over 48 hours, my pool water temp is 39, and it is supposed to get down to 25 tonight (and 23 tomorrow night!!).
My plan is to break suction on all of my pumps (luckily they are above the pool level) and let the water drain into the pool. I am most worried about the heater, and frankly not sure how (or if) I need to drain it, or if the water will just drain downhill on its own after I break suction at the pump level. The filter will drain mostly back into the pool and then I can just open the drain plug at the bottom to finish it off. I will also cover the equipment with some old sheets/comforters.
If anyone has better ideas, please help!! We are currently 32.7 F and snowing (about 5 inches so far) and it will cool down this evening.