Even pools with the highest quality filtration systems must be completely drained and thoroughly cleaned every five to seven years.
Before diving into some basic yet valuable tips and guidelines for cleaning and draining pools, be warned that draining one’s pool is not easy. It is ill-advised to undertake a project of this nature without feeling 100% comfortable with it. Draining one’s pool presents a slight but significant risk of severely damaging it, so it is usually vital to hire or at least consult a professional prior to undertaking this job.
Why Pool Draining Is Necessary
Why is draining one’s pool sometimes necessary despite proper maintenance and high-quality pool products and equipment? Pool experts advise draining pools to rid the water of residue from harsh chemicals and other materials, such as dead skin, hairs, and oils. In some parts of the country, a harsh climate can also necessitate draining to a pool to ensure the longest pool life possible.
Draining one’s pool may also be necessary if the pool has not been well-maintained or if it’s been subject to harsh environmental conditions. Hard water, for example, can produce mineral or calcium deposits on tile or grout. It is far cheaper – and less of a hassle – to maintain one’s pool than to replace finishes or tiles.
As stated above, pool professionals usually advise completely draining and refilling pools about once every 5 to 7 years. Consulting with a pool professional to determine the exact frequency is advised, as this timetable also depends on how often the pool is used, one’s maintenance schedule, and a few environmental factors.
After determining a pool needs to be drained, remember a few crucial points.
- Drain the pool during a mild season to reduce excess sun and heat, which can cause damage to the pool’s surfaces and filtration system.
- For regular cleaning purposes, draining is almost never advised, as general maintenance can be accomplished underwater.
- Finally, never drain a pool after a heavy rain. This can cause pressure on the bottom of your pool from the swelling of the water table.
Simple Tips for Safely Draining Pools
The reader should know a few things about how to effectively and safely perform this job. Again, if one is not 100% convinced a pool draining is necessary, consulting with a reputable pool contractor is advised.
There are only three necessary tools. A sump pump, which can be rented from a hardware or equipment store, a spray-nozzle connected hose, and a bucket.
It is important to remember to open the hydrostatic valve at the bottom of the pool before draining the pool. This may require a set of pliers. If there’s any pressure from the valve, stop working and call a professional pool contractor.
Otherwise, begin pumping. Spray the sides of the pool as the water level drops to prevent sediment lines from forming.
Use the bucket to remove the last of the water, and begin necessary repairs. Be sure to refill the pool as soon as possible.
An ill-maintained or neglected pool can produce bacterial buildup that may permanently damage the infrastructure of said pool. Blue Chip Pool Service can provide the equipment, sanitation, and maintenance necessary for your home when it is time to relax and splash around. We are a highly-regarded pool cleaning company, dedicated to keeping your pool in excellent conditions. If your pool needs to be drained or requires weekly maintenance, contact us at 561-907-4862 for a free cleaning!