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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.