Tips for a Danger-Free Pool Draining Operation

Up keeping the pool can get really tiresome, but it is all worth it in the end when you get to have fun, swim, cool off, and unwind in the water. There is constant work to do during the swimming season, whether we are talking about cleaning the pool or maintaining chemical balance, your attention being regularly required. However, when the pool season comes to an end, there is one last task you must perform before covering the pool, which is draining the water. Regardless of your experience, whether you are an old-timer in pool care or a new owner, take into consideration the tips and advice we will provide in this article to ensure a danger-free draining operation.

Effects of Improper Operation Handling

The reason why we have dedicated an entire article to the pool draining operation is that the risks and environmental concerns involved with an improper handling are direr than you could imagine. First, let’s learn about these risks before jumping to methods on how to mitigate them:

  • Improper disposing of pool water can result in serious consequences when it comes to plant life. If the water has been chemically treated and it enters into contact with plant species which are sensitive to salt and general chemical contact, you ultimately destroy them.
  • If you own a vinyl pool, avoid draining the water out of it completely. When exposed, the material can rip and tear, and if debris falls inside, it could succumb to even more serious damage. Thus, if the construction material is vinyl, you should only partially drain the pool.
  • When you proceed incorrectly with draining the water, you could even cause structural damage. If it is drained into the ground in a sensitive area, there is the risk of the water force below the ground to push it upward, causing tears to appear into the structure and eventual leaks to arise.
  • If you discharge the water directly into surface waters like lakes or rivers, for example, and the water has been treated with chlorine, you will negatively impact the environment other’s health as well. The toxic content of the discharged liquid will harm fish and other wildlife, even humans if that specific water body presents a source of hydration for them or a place where they swim.
  • Another risk involved with draining is that if you dump the pool’s content into the sewage lines, it could cause an overflow, backing the dirty water into the house.

Checklist on Properly Performing the Draining Operation

Now that you are aware of the risks involved with improper draining and you have some notions accumulated, it is time to move on and learn how to proceed with a proper and danger-free draining of pool water. Remember that this operation must be performed at the end of the pool season, and it is one of the mandatory maintenance tasks you cannot skip on.

Tip #1 – Regarding Return Line Closing

Before you proceed with closing the return line to the pool, you must check for air to not enter the suction pipes during the reducing of water levels. In case you do not check this aspect and air gets inside, the water will stop flowing. Of course, you should decide on a discharge location for the water you pump out – the yard or the sanitary sewer.

Tip #2 – Regarding Waste Line Opening

You could be faced with one of three different procedures when it comes to opening the waste line, and it depends on the type of filter you use – if it is a DE or sand filter, a cartridge filter, or a hose outlet.

Tip #3 – Regarding Top Suction Lines Closing

To prevent air from entering into the suction line and to build a path toward a successful drainage operation, you must shut the skimmer suction line off when water is slightly down the opening of the skimmer section.

Tip #4 – Regarding Operation of the Main Drain

Before proceeding, you must check for blockage in the diverter valve which connects to the main drain. If any obstruction is present in this section, you must immediately eliminate it so that no water level drops exist.

Tip #5 – Regarding Regulations

Obviously, you must check to see what the discharge regulations are in your area and follow the guidelines provided there to not do anything prohibited by the law. To make your life easier when performing this procedure, we recommend you use an external submersible pump and a hose or even use the built-in pump of the pool if you trust its quality.

Frequently Asked Questions

1 What are the most important things to have in your safety equipment?
A proper safety equipment should include reaching poles and life rings.

2 Why should I remove jewelry or other items before swimming?
It is very important to keep items including jewelry and cloths out of the pool as they could become entangled with a drain.

3 Why should I invest in a drain cover?
It is very important to know that all public pools in the United States are equipped with a quality drain cover as they increase the risk of injuries.

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