Pools are some of the best ways to cool off in the summer and can also be a great way to stay warm in the colder months. They provide entertainment and relaxation for people of all ages — even pets can enjoy some pool time! A pool can be a great addition to just about any home, adding aesthetics and value to all kinds of environments. Unfortunately, though, there may come a time where you have to drain your pool, whether it’s for the changing of the seasons or for maintenance. If you aren’t familiar with draining your pool, the process can be difficult to do depending on your situation. In today’s blog, Pelican Bay Pools, the best pool maintenance company in Scottsdale, will go over how to properly drain your pool.
Pool Draining Tips
Have A Plan
While you may not always think about it, your pool actually holds thousands of gallons of water at a single time. That water is usually high in chemicals, with chlorine usually being the most abundant. Before you start draining your pool, it’s important to know where you can move all that water to. Your yard most likely won’t be able to hold all of that water, plus you won’t want all of those chemicals on your grass or getting into the groundwater. Some cities and municipalities won’t allow pool water to be drained into the streets, either. Know where, and sometimes even when, you can drain your pool by asking your local water authority in advance.
Let Chemicals Dissipate
Your pool requires a lot of chemicals to help keep it healthy and safe to use. While those chemicals can be safe in your pool, they may not be safe to just let out into the local ecosystem or water supply, especially if they were freshly introduced to your pool water. Before draining your pool, make sure that you give the chemicals time to dissipate. You’ll want to make sure that your pool water is chlorine neutral while also having a neutral pH level. If you use other pool chemicals, make sure your pool water no longer contains them before you drain it. In the event that you need to drain your pool for emergency repairs, and your chemical levels haven’t had enough time to neutralize, you can use a chlorine neutralizer to help the process along.
Pick The Right Time
Your pool is meant to be filled with water. Your pool liner, which helps keep the water from being absorbed into the concrete, doesn’t like being in high heat without water. If your pool liner is damaged, that can cause big problems for your pool as water can be absorbed by the concrete, causing cracks and sinkholes to appear. If you need to drain your pool, make sure the temperature outside is around 85 degrees or lower, which can be difficult to do here in Scottsdale depending on what time of the year it is. Also, remember that your pool requires a lot of water to fill, with some holding up to 20,000 gallons or more, meaning that your water bill is most likely going to be pretty high.