After what has been one of the worst winters in many years in several areas across the country, there is bound to be many problems with swimming pool parts freezing from the extreme temperatures. Now that spring is just around the corner, the temperatures will begin to warm and the problems caused by the pool parts freezing will start to become evident.
Here, you will learn a few elements of your pool to inspect before firing it up for the first time of the season:
Any water that was left in the pump likely froze over the winter. When this happens the parts within the pool pump can become damaged. Fortunately, in many cases, the entire pump does not need to be replaced. The most common parts that must be replaced after freezing include the pump housing, hair and lint pot and the volute.
Inspect the housing and keep and monitor how well the pump seems to be working during its first use. If you are unsure about whether the pump has been damaged, have the system inspected prior to use.
It is uncommon for a pool filter to freeze and become damaged. This is because in most cases, the water has been drained from the pump entirely before winter hits. Unfortunately, there are instances in which water remaining in the filter becomes frozen. Cartridge and D.E. pool filters can suffer damage to the internal elements if the tank completely freezes to solid ice. When this happens, the ice crushes the internal components and damages them.
If the filter does not work properly, the filter leaks, or if there is visible damage to the clamp bands and flanges, contact your local pool repair technician for immediate repairs.
If you notice water flowing from your pool heater when you prime it for the first time, you could have a problem. Before you get upset about possible repairs that are needed, stop and check to ensure the drain plugs are inserted properly and that you have connected the pressure switch. If this isn't the problem, you may have a damaged rear header.
To replace the header, you will have to remove the top of the heater and the side plates. This should give you access bolts that hold the header in place. You will then remove those bolts, remove the header and replace it with a new one.
After a winter as frigid as this past winter has been, it is likely in your best interest to contact your local swimming pool expert to have your pool and its parts inspected before using it. This could help to prevent further damage and frustrations as you prepare for the wonderfully warm summer. To learn more, contact a company like Aquatic Pool Plastering with any questions you have.