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Pool Draining Tips

Note-worthy Tips to Draining a Swimming Pool Efficiently

Draining a swimming pool isn't that big a deal, if you follow the correct procedure. Read these tips to make this job easy.
Gardenerdy Staff
Last Updated: Dec 04, 2018
Maintaining a swimming pool needs hard work and tactfulness as a clean pool not only enhances the look of the house, but caters to the hygiene of watered cavity. A dirty pool affects the beauty of surrounding area, but dirty water can give numerous skin problems. To clean your swimming pool and change the water regularly, here are some effective tips.
Good Pool Draining Tips
To begin with, you must look for two things which are clear indicators that the water in your pool needs changing. Check the calcium hardness level. If the level is at or above 350 parts per million, it is time to drain the pool water. Second, if total dissolved solids (TDS) extent is beyond 4,000 ppm, that points at the need to drain the pool.
If the pool water requires changing, then it becomes quite visibly apparent as the water starts to look clouded and oily. In such cases, draining and refilling the pool is the best thing to opt for.
So, what are the things that you need to keep in mind during the procedure? Read these tips to know more.
  • Start by using leaf nets to scoop out any foliage or visible debris that can be manually removed.
  • DO NOT allow water from pool into the street, local drains or storm sewers. It may get you into a sticky situation, as certain cities have rules for water drainage and your pool draining might fall within water wastage. Make it a rule to allow the pool water to run into the sanitary sewage system, which enables water reprocessing, reuse.
  • Begin by switching off the filtering system at the circuit breaker, to keep the automatic timer from switching it back on before you're done.
  • A proper submersible water pump, with a bottom hole to recirculate final inch of water, so the seal doesn't get cauterized, has to be attached with a hose pipe to the clean-out embrasure of the sewer and lowered into pool's deepest section. Check that there's no backing up of water and the pool water is draining out in sanitary sewage.
  • See to it that not more than 15 gallons flows out in a minute, as that is the safest drainage speed. If that speed is superseded by any chance, than make sure a reliable pool expert is at hand to tackle any problem that may rear its head.
  • Once the pool is empty, use a good brush and soap to quickly clean all the stains and possible algae growth on your pool tiles. A solution of liquid soap and muriatic acid in the ratio 5:1 can help you to get rid of ugly oil marks.
  • Remember to not use a very hard bristled brush or not to rub too aggressively. Also, do not use a pumice stone, for the stone erodes while you scrub and leaves behind grainy particles. Use a hose to wash away all the dirty water.
  • Make sure you know how to clean a pool filter, as next you need to clean the water filter by allowing some clean water to run through it. This will wash away all the dirt and grime from the circulatory system, and will prevent contamination of water once you refill the pool.
  • Finally, refill your pool soon. Choose a day not extremely sunny to drain out your pool, as the sun can damage the plaster of water feature, which could last up to 12-15 years at least. Otherwise, fill up the pool quickly to keep the sun's harsh rays at bay and wait till natural chemical level of your pool is restored in a few days.
If you get stuck at any of the steps, if your pump starts to malfunction and water starts to back up instead of flow out, you must call a plumber without trying any tricks. If  unsure of the process, get professional help immediately. Professionals may charge a lot, it will save your pool from damage, and allow you to do other tasks.
If you are still very unsure about the entire procedure, then it is better to get professional help immediately. Though professionals may charge a lot, it will save your pool from any damage, and leave you free to do other tasks.