Freezing Temps Leading to Swimming Pool Pipes Bursting

The arctic blast being felt throughout North Texas can really cause problems with your pipes. Not just the pipes leading into your home, but those connected to your swimming pool as well.

(Published Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018)

The arctic blast being felt throughout North Texas can really cause problems with your pipes.

Not just the pipes leading into your home, but those connected to your swimming pool as well.

Domino's Pizza is tweaking its home delivery service for those times you're not at home.
After years of delivery right to your doorstep, Domino's drivers will now deliver to outdoor locations.
That includes beaches, parks, landmarks, and other outdoor locations across the country.
Domino's says its drivers will deliver to 150-thousand locations from the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, to the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign.
The locations are now active and show up in the company's app or website as "Domino's Hotspots."
Customers pre-pay for their orders, select a location, and your pizza is on the way.
Previously, Domino's delivered to offbeat locations, but, the new service sets up designated drop off points.
The service was tested last fall in Miami before being rolled out nationwide.

(Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

It has pool owners across DFW scrambling for answers.

Affected owners may not realize the extent of the problem until any ice that has formed around pipes or their swimming pools starts to thaw as the temperatures warm back up.

Susanne Beaty walked out to her backyard in Allen and was frozen in her tracks.

“I just couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I thought ‘we are not going to be getting in that anytime soon.’”

Canadian lawmakers wore hockey jerseys on Monday to honor the victims and their families of that tragic bus crash in Canada that killed 16 people.
The bus was carrying the junior league Humboldt hockey team to a game when a tractor-trailer slammed into the bus.
Sixteen were killed and thirteen people were injured in the crash.
Today's remembrance was one of a number of events that honored the team and their families.
Earlier the lawmakers honored Rusty Staub, a major leaguer who played for the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets.

(Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

The drop in temperatures a few days ago has taken a toll on her hot tub.

“We found about an inch, two inches of ice on top of the hot tub,” she said. “No water flow going to the hot tub so that had us worries about the equipment.”

Ben Quenzer, owner of Texas Clear Pools in Allen, expects calls to only go up as the temperatures do too.

“We expect people to be calling about broken PVC pipes, broken check valves and regular valves from the ice,” he said. “The valves, as long as the water is moving through, they’re going to be fine. If water slows down enough or stops the valves will fill with ice and they’ll burst and break.”

Storms in Pennsylvania caused heavy damage to a large apartment building, leaving dozens without a place to live.
Residents of Luther Wood Apartments in Scranton have been evacuated after wind ripped the roof off the building. 
It happened just before 6 a.m. Monday.
As of 11 a.m., Scranton fire officials say 90-people have been evacuated from the building, and another 35 may be forced to leave.
A shelter is being set up to help the residents of the senior apartment complex.
No word on any injuries.

(Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

When it comes to the more expensive equipment like the main filter pump, Quenzer says you want to see bubbles and water flowing at a good pace.

“The pumps are the things that need to be running,” he said. “They move the water.”

He also advises owners to do daily visual checks of your pool sweep and also ensure the jets are moving water across the top.

“Another really easy thing to look for is the water fall,” he said. “If you do see a little bit of ice forming around the edges or on your water fall that means that the water is slowing down a little bit and it’s ok but you might want to keep an eye on it.”

Eight people were injured in an accident captured by video in Kumamoto, southwestern Japan. The 62-year-old driver and eight members of the Amakusa High School handball team aboard suffered light injuries and were taken to a hospital. A school employee said the driver was nodding off.

(Published Monday, March 26, 2018)

Quenzer says many calls he’s received are from pool owners who are not certain whether their freeze protect system is working.

He says you should check to see if the pump is moving water. “If they have a freeze protect that’s automatic, that will work,” he said. “If not, they need to turn their pump on and just let it run 24/7 until the temperature gets up.”

Once the weather starts warming up, affected pool owners will see possible broken joints and splitting pipes.