How low does it have to get to turn off the punps?


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Hi Folks,

The last time I turned off my pumps I lost one and being the superstitious weirdo I am I dont want to repeat it.

Around here in Dallas the weather one light will hit 16. Now I have the pipes wrapped to the waterfall but is that too cold or can I leave them on?
 
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If it were my pond, I'd not have any water in any pipe that might freeze and crack. I don't need more pond chores in the spring. If you absolutely need the the water moving, just aim it near the surface of the pond proper and drain any pipes exposed to such temps. Again, that's what I'd do.

Moving water will mitigate the freezing effect for a while but I'd hedge on the safe side.

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I would turn the pump off till the temps rise . I turned mine off and the drains on my filters had already frozen. I have broken drains now so no filters! Just make sure the water around your pump doesn't freeze.
 

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One other question. I have a Helix skimmer and 2 inches of stone and another 2 inches of concrete between me and the pump so its down about 4 feet and the water is REALLY cold and the last thing I want to do is force one of these connections without being sure espeically stretching that far down :)

Is the middle connection the most likely to unscrew or is it the connection towards the back? I can't remember. :(


 
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I leave my pump running unless the ice buildup makes it struggles to keep up the flow
 
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One other question. I have a Helix skimmer and 2 inches of stone and another 2 inches of concrete between me and the pump so its down about 4 feet and the water is REALLY cold and the last thing I want to do is force one of these connections without being sure espeically stretching that far down :)

Is the middle connection the most likely to unscrew or is it the connection towards the back? I can't remember. :(


One of my pumps sits inside the skimmer. I turn it off, but leave it in place.
 
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From what I heard is to never turn off pump. The good bacteria and waste will rot
 
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Well we lost power for 6 hours so I had no choice but to keep it off since I was worried the lines froze.

Seems to be ok. Thanks everyone for your advice!
 

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