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    frozen pipes???

    HELP. Opened pool a few days ago, water was crystal clear so I turned the pump off and I think the pipes froze overnight. When I turn on the pump it just humms. HELP!!
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    Re: frozen pipes???

    How cold did it get? Perhaps you're frozen up, but I thought you guys were past that even up there. Admittedly, I've not watched much national weather the past week.

    Is the water in your pump filter basket frozen solid, or pretty near so!!??
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    Re: frozen pipes???

    yes the water in the pump basket was frozen. It believe it was 18 degrees.
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    Re: frozen pipes???

    You need to wait for the ice to melt and then see if anything was damaged. You can speed the melting process a little by covering the equipment with a tarp and putting a light under the tarp to provide a little heat.
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    Re: frozen pipes???

    I did basically that with one power outage this winter. Covered with a Tarp, and put a space heater in there. If you do, be very mindful and careful with placement as not to melt or burn something.
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    Re: frozen pipes???

    So far it doesnt look like anything is damaged by the pump. I guess Im just wondering could one night of freezing possibly damage whats in the ground and if so how do I tell. We do have it covered with a heater on it.
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    Re: frozen pipes???

    With one night, you are likely fine. You can look all round the pad and see if any pipes are cracked, but many times you won't know till it all thaws and runs. If you had damage, you'll have some leaks from the pipes cracking/bursting, but let's not jump to conclusions. Wait for some Sun, or try what we suggested to thaw, and see what happens.
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    Re: frozen pipes???

    we are a bit concerned at this point because we covered it with a tarp and ran a heater on it all night. Its not a real powerful heater but we would have thought it would have thawed by now. When I try the pump it just makes a humming noise.
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    Don't do that anymore until you are sure things are thawed very well. Hopefully some Sun will shine on it soon. Since that is in place, keep heating it until things warm or the Sun hits it full on. About all you can do at this point.
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    Re: frozen pipes???

    you mean try the pump? During the last 24 hours I have tried the pump numerous time. I never let it run but a few seconds each time. Could it be possible I have damaged the pump?
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    Re: frozen pipes???

    No, you didn't damage the pump by trying it. The freeze might have damaged it, though that is unlikely.
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    Re: frozen pipes???

    Quote Originally Posted by jodyliebing View Post
    you mean try the pump? During the last 24 hours I have tried the pump numerous time. I never let it run but a few seconds each time. Could it be possible I have damaged the pump?
    Yes, don't turn it back on until everything thaws out. It's better not to chance it.
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