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With the recent news about Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have fielded several questions about the virus and swimming pools/hot tubs. Following is a statement from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control):According to the CDC, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.

Protect your Pool from Freezing Temperatures

When temperatures drop below freezing, protect your pool’s equipment to prevent any damage. If you don’t, water can freeze in your pipes causing cracks and costly repairs. In northern states, you’ll need to winterize your pool but in the south where temperatures rarely drop below freezing there are other steps to keep your equipment protected:

The first and easiest way is to have freeze protection equipment. The equipment uses a sensor to judge the outside temperature. When it drops below freezing, the system will automatically turn on your pool pump to prevent freezing. More advanced systems will open closed valves and turn on booster pumps and waterfalls.

To test if your freeze protection system is working, spray the sensor with CO2. If your equipment kicks on, your system is working properly. If not, you’ll need to replace or repair the equipment.

If you don’t have freeze protection equipment, manually run your equipment for the duration of the time the temperature is near or below freezing.

The third way to protect your pool pump from being damaged in the cold temperatures is to winterize your equipment. Shut the power to your equipment off and drain the water. All the pumps will have a drain plug as well as your filters. Once drained, double check that no standing water is left in the pipes. Filters or pumps.

With a little preparation your pool equipment will last through whatever winter throws your way! If you want to install freeze protection equipment or need repairs due to winter damage, contact Pool Refs today.