Draining your swimming pool is not something you need to do every day, but you need to do it once in a while. If your pool is an in-ground pool and you are just a new pool owner, you may realize how difficult it can be to drain your pool by yourself.

In this video, we are showing you how to drain a pool and the groundwater through our state-of-the-art pool equipment. If you are hesitant about draining your pool yourself, we suggest that you contact us to make sure that all the correct precautions are taken in order to prevent any costly damage to your pool.

When do you need to drain your pool?

As to when you need to drain your pool, remember that you cannot just drain your pool whenever you want.  What has the weather been like lately? Has it been raining heavily for the past few days? If it has been raining a lot in your area lately or you suspect that there will be quite a bit of rain in the near future, wait before you drain your pool.

It usually takes a few days for water to travel through your drainage systems and the groundwater tables in your area may rise after heavy rains. Since rain elevates the water table around your pool, that means you need to avoid times of the year where there is predictably high levels of rain. If you want to lessen the risk of your pool floating, wait for long stretches of dry weather because that is the optimal time for draining. It may not totally guarantee that you will not encounter problems, but it lessens the chances.

Why do you need to drain your pool?

Depending on your climate and how often you maintain your pool, it is recommended that you replace your pool water every 5 to 7 years. Pool water is often subject to harsh chemicals and a potentially harsh environment, so it is important that you drain it as necessary. After all, those harsh chemicals and biological remains like dead skin, oils and hair in your pool water can no longer be treated after 5 to 7 years.

If your pool water is too old or has been unmaintained for a long period of time, then the surface of your pool may have already been damaged. Certain environmental conditions often result in hard water, leaving calcium and other mineral deposits that can easily damage your pool tiles and grout. To prevent that from happening, remember that maintaining your pool water is more preferable and way cheaper than repairing damaged pool tiles and finishes.

Another good reason to drain your pool is to rebalance your chemicals, lower your total dissolved solids, and to repair the surface of your pool. You also drain your pool to prepare it for the season and replace its water to ensure that it is clean and well-balanced.

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How do you drain your in-ground swimming pool?

Depending on the material out of which your pool is made, your approach in emptying your pool will vary. Draining a concrete pool is the trickiest of all, as this material is susceptible to popping out of the ground if drainage is not done properly.

Typically, concrete pool shells are balanced in the ground through a relief valve installed in the pool’s floor. The valve lets water from under the pool to come through the floor and into the pool shell.

As you drain water from your concrete pool, you may find that if there is groundwater surrounding the shell, it will put pressure on your pool to lift, causing your entire pool to float or pop out of the ground. This is basically what makes concrete pools the trickiest of all to drain. Draining this type of pool is not as easy as “do this and that,” because it involves considering recent weather conditions and current groundwater conditions.Before you even think about pumping down the water in your pool, take note of the kind of pool that you have. The answer to how to drain your pool is a complex matter to discuss as it involves quite a few potential variables. There is a reason pool professionals like as at Nelson Pool Company exist. When you drain your pool, there is always a risk involved and accidents may always happen. It could be because of a hidden deficiency in your pool, or your pool has structural issues. The risk you take when you drain your pool by yourself is huge, but you can count on us to help you out.