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Preparing Your Baton Rouge Pool for Unexpected Freezing Temperatures

Posted by Lucas Firmin on Jan 15, 2024 1:56:23 PM

Baton Rouge Pool owners, brace yourselves for the unexpected dip in temperatures this week! While we're used to generally mild winters, it's crucial to be prepared for those rare below-freezing days to protect your swimming pool. Here are a few things to keep in mind as the mercury drops to keep your pool and its equipment safe.

Keep Your Pool Pump Running

During periods of below-freezing temperatures, it's essential to keep your pool pump running. Why? Moving water is less likely to freeze. By ensuring your pool pump operates continuously, you can prevent the water in your pipes from freezing, which can lead to costly damages.

Most pool equipment will automatically keep the equipment running when the temperature drops below 42 degrees. If you have a schedule set on your equipment, just make sure the schedule is set to run 24 hours a day, guaranteeing water is constantly moving through the lines.

Balance Your Pool’s Water

Even during winter, your pool water still needs attention. Keeping the water properly balanced and sanitized throughout the off-season is important. This step is not just about maintaining clear water; it also helps prevent algae growth and protects your pool surfaces and equipment.

Consider a Winter or Safety Cover for Your Pool

If you haven't already, now might be the time to think about a winter cover or a safety cover for your pool. Not only do these covers keep debris out, but they also add an extra layer of protection against the cold. A properly installed cover can significantly reduce the risk of freezing damage.

Should You Run Your Pool Pump or Drain Your Pool?

Here's a vital piece of advice, pumps should be kept running during freezing temperatures. Alternatively, if you're planning for long-term winterization, you might consider completely draining your pool. However, this is a more extreme measure typically reserved for pools that won't be used for an extended period. Remember, draining your pool comes with its own set of risks and should be done under professional guidance.

The professionals at Lucas Firmin Pools are here to help with all of your pool maintenance and building needs in the Baton Rouge area.


Topics: Pool Maintenance, Weather