We hate the thought of empty swimming pools. However, sometimes, it's necessary to keep the pool running smoothly. Here are some tips to help you get started.
Why You Should to Drain Your Pool
- Over-reliance on draining a pool is a common reason for poor water quality. This issue usually occurs when the concentration of Total Dissolved Solids exceeds 10ppm.
- 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 doesn't usually require maintenance, it can be necessary if you're not following a proper maintenance program.
Overpopulation of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) is a common reason for pool drain. Usually, when these levels get too high, the water quality in your pool will start to deteriorate. Your first response is to add more chemicals, but this will not solve the problem. Generally, you should empty your pool every 3 to 5 years due to TDS.
High levels of Cyanuric Acid are another reason to drain a pool. The easiest way to reduce this toxin is by partially draining.
You might also need to empty your pool to do certain types of repair work or to resurface and repaint.
You can also check with your local municipality to see if it is possible to remove your pool water.
If your area has high groundwater levels, it is best to partially empty your pool.
Never drain a vinyl or fiberglass liner pool. Doing so can damage the pool's surface and its liner. The easiest way to avoid this is by partially draining the pool.
Remove the trippers from your pump and pool light prior to draining.
Never use your pool pump to drain the pool. Doing so will cause the pump to lose its prime and cause damage. If you have a submersible pump, make sure to purchase one.
To test your water quality, fill a water sample with start-up chemicals. Leslie's will then provide a prescription for improving your water.
This post was originally published on Leslie's Blog
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