What You Need to Know About Pool Draining

We hate the thought of a pool empty. However, sometimes, it is necessary to drain a pool. Here are some simple steps to ensure that your pool is drained properly.

Reasons to Drain Your Pool

1. Overpopulation of Total Dissolved Solids in a pool can cause poor water quality. This issue can usually be solved by draining the pool.

2. Even with proper and regular pool maintenance, it's often necessary to drain your pool — completely or partially — every 3-5 years.


Although draining your pool isn't necessary if you follow a regular maintenance program, it's still a good idea to consider doing so if it's getting too hot.

One common reason to drain your pool is because of the accumulation of Total Dissolved Solids. Over time, this will cause the water to become too dilute.

Your first response to the problem is to add more chemicals. However, this will not solve the issue and will typically lead to more pool emptyments.

High levels of Cyanuric Acid (CyA) can cause a pool to partially or fully drain. This chemical can only be removed by adding fresh water.

You might also need to empty your pool to do certain types of repair work or to resurface and repaint.


Before You Get Started:

- Your local municipality may have rules or regulations regarding the disposal of pool water.

- If the groundwater in your area is high, it's possible that your pool will pop out of the ground. To avoid this issue, only partially empty your pool!

- Never completely drain a vinyl liner pool. Doing so can damage the pool's surface and cause it to crack. Generally, partial drains should be performed at a time.

- Remove the trippers from your pump and pool light prior to draining.


How to Drain Your Pool

- Never use a pool pump to drain a pool. Also, never try to pull air into the suction line of the pump. This will damage and burn up the pump.

- After draining the pool, you can easily replace the water with a garden hose. It's usually around 16 hours to empty the pool.


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