Knock on wood, I survived. My original plan was to ride it out and let freeze protection do its thing, along with putting a tarp over the equipment pad. That worked well until the stupid rolling blackouts killed us. I fought and fought to keep my pool running when we had power, but eventually had to throw in the towel.I'd love to hear what anyone in Texas used that successfully survived this once-a-centaury ice age.
Luckily I had a contingency plan:
1. Shut off the breaker to the pool so it would not try and restart
2. Pull the drain plugs out of the equipment (mine has 2 in the pump, 1 in the filter, 1 in the heater)
3. Open the pump lid basket, pressure relief on the top of the filter and make sure all of my valves were open and not trapping any water
4. Cover the equipment back up
5. Add cut-up pool noodles and a hollow plastic bottle in the skimmers to absorb any of the expansion from the ice. I threw the rest of the pool noodles on the tanning ledge and in the spa for good measure.
We could walk across the pool the next day and I was really sweating it, but everything fired up after my ice rink turned back into a pool.