Draining Your In-Ground Pool – For Swimming Pool Repair Only!
Over time, there may be times when you think you need to drain your pool. Reasons can range from maintenance, to swimming pool repair, to simple water replacement after several years of use. However, draining your pool can harmful if done unnecessarily, especially if it is done without the help of professionals.
Reasons For Draining
In-ground swimming pools should really only be drained if there is need for a swimming pool repair that needs to done without water in the pool, or if you need to stabilize the level of Total Dissolved Solids in the water. Most pool repair can be performed with water in the pool, so draining should only be a last resort for a project if there are no alternatives. Pool cleanings can be performed underwater and do not require draining.
An emergency situation could also require pool drainage. A few years ago, I remember a pool that sat at the bottom of an unfinished slope. A nasty thunderstorm came through, clogging a drain at the top of the hill. Water rushed down the hill, taking nearly a foot of topsoil and mulch with it – directly into the pool. The water was at best, a dark shade of brown and at worst, black. Needless to say, we had to drain that customer’s pool and start over. But those are the types of situations that call for draining!
Stabilizing Total Dissolved Solids
Over time, water will evaporate from your pool, especially in the Texas heat. When water evaporates from your pool, minerals and residues are left behind. As you know, when this happens, you must replace the water in your pool. Every time this cycle happens, the TDS factor in our pool rises, resulting in problems presenting themselves. Calcium deposits begin to build, and brown manganese stains slowly begin to appear. The water develops a salty taste, and begins to irritate swimmers’ skin and eyes. If the problem continues without being addressed, the pool will eventually deteriorate. However, we are talking about a time of every 5-7 years. You should not need to drain on a yearly basis to combat the complications associated with TDS.
Potential Harmful Effects Of Draining
When an in-ground pool is drained, there is a good chance that water will get under the shell, ground fill, or sand. The entire pool can shift. In extreme circumstances, this shifting will lift the entire pool out of the ground. Obviously, this will quickly become a costly problem.
What If You Do Have To Drain?
If you absolutely have to drain your pool, avoid moisture, sun, and heat damage. Do not perform the draining when it’s too hot. Ensure that your pool is not left drained for too long; try not to leave it empty for more than a day or two. Doing so may cause in-ground pools to shift.