What is normal pressure for my filter?
Q: How often should I backwash my filter?
Q: What should I do when the temperature
is below freezing?
- Run filtration pump and all auxiliary pumps continuously (pool
cleaner pump does not need to run). If functioning properly, your
freeze guard should run the pump automatically until temperatures
rise above freezing. Note: Direct sunlight on your freeze guard
may "trick" it into functioning as if the temperature
is above freezing thereby turning off your pump.
- Break up ice on the pool and spa surfaces to keep the skimmers
and skimmer doors free from ice. Carefully remove skimmer doors
if it is not possible to keep them free of ice. Use caution to
avoid damaging the skimmers.
- Maintain proper pool water level at all times (at the middle
of the tile line). If the water level drops too low, the pump will
draw in air through the skimmers which increases the risk of equipment
backwash during extremely
cold conditions. Filter pressure gauges can freeze, resulting in
use heater during
extreme cold unless it has been constantly running prior to the
drop in temperature.
- Adjust pool and spa jets upwards to reduce surface freezing
Q: What should I do if there is a power
outage in freezing weather?
- Turn off circuit breakers to all pool equipment.
- Open the filter air bleed valve. If it is frozen, pour warm
water over it to dislodge the ice.
- Drain the pumps by removing all drain plugs from the bottom
of the pump. Place the plugs in the pump basket and loosely replace
- Remove the winterizing plugs and/or open drain valves on the
heater and place them in the pump basket.
- Remove drain plug for the filter.
- Remove the chlorinator tubing and lid.
- To prevent ice from forming in skimmers, place a one liter plastic
bottle half filled with anti-freeze in each skimmer. This will
help take up any freeze expansion in the skimmers.
- Open all valves or adjust 3-way valves to the middle positions
to allow water to flow back into the pool through all pipes.
- Any pipes that cannot be drained should be protected with electrical
heat strips available at local hardware stores.
- Cover electronic ignition heaters with a blanket for insulation.
Q: My pool is losing water! What should
Q: How important is water chemistry for
- Test water chemistry at least once a week
- Always follow manufacturer's directions for use of chemicals.
- Never mix chemicals