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Tips to keep pools, pipes protected during times of freezing temps

LAS VEGAS - Bundled up, shivering and local pools frozen over: It's a rare sight in southern Nevada but the temperatures this new year continue to dip below freezing.

Frozen water pipes are always a concern, as well.  When pipes freeze the water freezes causing the pipes to expand and split open.

"It was 27 degrees out, so that was quite a shock," said Joseph Vassallo, the president of Paragon Pools.  

Vassallo of Paragon Pools says when the pool freezes most people are not prepared, but he says there are a number of things people can do to protect pools and pipes.

"One of the things you can do is you probably have an auto-fill on the pool that fills the pool up automatically -- you're going to want to shut that off so that you stop water from filling up the pipe," Vassallo said.

Running water does not freeze, so it's important to run the pump during the hours it's expected to freeze.

"If you don't have moving water going through your filter, for example, the ice will build up inside and then when you get to a point where you do want to turn the filter on and the pump comes on -- it's going to start to build pressure inside this canister, and I've seen it where the canister actually blew up the top as high as 15 feet in the air," said Vassallo. 

If you had a new pool built recently, then you probably have the technology with your automation called freeze protection where the manufacturer sets it, and once temperatures reach around 33 degrees, the water temperature itself will turn the water pump on to make sure water is flowing.

If you don't have that technology, there is a stand-alone freeze protection you can purchase.

"Make sure you have some insulation around it;  
insulation tape or even isolation bags," Vassallo said.

The following tips are also recommended to keep you safe and protect your home during freezing temps:

  • Heat your home safely
  • Do not use extension cords with space heaters and unplug space heaters when not in use.
  • Dress warm to avoid frostbite.
  • Keep pets inside the home or add additional clean bedding to keep them warm.
  • Get your car battery, and tires check before winter hits.

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