Pool Water Removal Service - NE Oklahoma
So many of us dislike the thought of an empty swimming pool. We prefer seeing full, healthy, safe pools being enjoyed by many and as often as possible. However, pool maintenance is necessary, and sometimes draining the pool is required. But how to drain a pool properly and the key reasons to do a full pool drain, are important to understand.
A pool water removal service can help keep your swimming pool clean and free of debris. By hiring a professional service from the Elite Pools to remove the water, you'll be able to avoid any unwanted dirt or objects from entering your pool and keep it looking pristine all season long. As your trusted pool care partner, we want to make sure you know when draining your pool is the right call.
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When Should You Drain a Pool?
Draining your pool often isn't necessary, especially if you're following a proper and regular maintenance program. However, there are a few reasons that lead to a complete, or partial, pool drain.
- The single most important reason to drain your pool is to deal with TDS levels. When TDS levels get too high, they start to interfere with the chemicals at work keeping the water sanitary and clear. More and more chemicals are needed, which can be harsh on the skin and even damage the pool itself.
- If you know that a large tropical storm or hurricane is approaching, you may also want to drain some water to prevent overflow.
- In the event you need a repair or resurfacing, the techs will take care of this process.
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What to do Before you Drain the Pool
- Find out from your local municipality where you should drain the pool water.
- Consider the levels of groundwater in your area. A high water table can cause an in-ground pool to flood on the ground.
- If the level of groundwater is high, it’s advisable for you to drain the pool partially.
- Do you have a fiberglass or vinyl liner pool? Don’t drain it completely. Otherwise, you’ll damage the integrity of your pool.
- Both types may eventually form cracks or bows. The best thing to do is to drain these pools partially (up to one-third of the way).
- If you’re not sure of how to drain the swimming pool safely, contact a trusted local pool repair company to assess the situation.
Where to Drain the Pool?
- Swimming pool water usually contains large quantities of dissolved chlorine and other chemicals, so there are both practical and legal restrictions on where you can drain the water.
- In most communities, you are required to drain swimming pool water into the municipal sewer system the same piping system that handles drain water from your indoor sinks, showers and toilets.
- This is usually done by running a drain hose from the pool’s pump to a floor drain or basement laundry sink, but it is important not to overwhelm the sewer system by pumping too much pool water into it too quickly.
- Watch the drains carefully as you pump the water to make sure the sewer isn’t backing up.
- If the water in your pool is clean and chemically neutral, you may be allowed to drain the water into a storm sewer or onto your lawn.
- Never run a drain hose into the street unless this method is approved by your local building authorities. Be careful about irrigating your lawn or garden with pool water that has a high level of chlorine in it, as this can damage or kill plants.
How Often Should You Drain Your Pool?
It is recommended to drain your pool every 5-7 years or it depends on your maintenance schedule.
The best time to drain a pool is during mild seasons when the sun is unneeded because it can prevent unnecessary sun, heat, or moisture damage to the surface and filtration systems.
Why Drain an Inground Pool?
Pool owners should never drain their inground pool as part of regular swimming pool maintenance, as draining the pool can actually cause the TDS (total dissolved solids) factor to rise.
This makes the chlorine in your pool less effective and can cause skin and eye irritation to swimmers and metal corrosion of your pool equipment. Inground pools should only be drained when you need to stabilize your pool’s TDS or if a repair to the interior is necessary.
Why Drain an Above Ground Pool?
Sometimes, no matter how many pool chemicals you use or how hard you work to balance your pool pH, the water will still become cloudy (more than likely due to algae) to the point where the lining at the bottom of your pool can no longer be seen.
In these situations, you can safely empty your pool, but it should be refilled as soon as possible to prevent the liner from shrinking or stretching or causing other problems to arise.
Risks of Improperly Swimming Pool Drain
- The pool can heave out of the ground
- Sun and exposure can damage your pool
- You can damage or burn out your filter pump.
- You can back up the sewer system into your home.
- Floating, due to hydrostatic pressure.
- The pool shell may crack.
- Pool plaster may blister.
- A person or animal could fall into the empty pool.
- Pool lights may be damaged or explode.
The best time to do any repairs or resurfacing work on a pool is when it’s below 85F, and certainly when it’s below 100F.
Consult a Professional
Unless you’re a true pool expert, you should only drain your pool under the advice of a pool service professional. Most pool issues can be solved without draining your pool. The Elite Pool Professionals are highly-skilled, experienced, and knowledgeable in all pool services, so we are ready to help you. We know our job is complete when our customers are fully satisfied with our services.
Never keep your pool drained for more than a day or two. This can cause the ground surrounding your pool’s foundation.
Never use your Pool Pump
Never use your pool pump to try to drain the pool. Inevitably, you will pull air into your suction line, the pump will lose its prime, and you will damage or burn up your pump. Always rent or purchase a submersible pump to drain the pool.
How Long Does it Take to Drain a Swimming Pool?
Draining a pool can take up to 14 hours, depending on the size, so be sure to drain it on a day when you have sufficient free time. You need to be home to check on the pool, the hoses, and the pump frequently. Do not let the pump run dry or it can become damaged.
As busy as you are, we know you don't have time to go back home and drain your pool by yourself or check the pump every now and then. The Elite Pool Professionals are ready to help. Instead of spending your time draining your pool why not spend it with your loved ones. Draining your pool to be cleaned should be left to the experts because a botched DIY job can cost significantly more to fix than getting in a specialist.
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When it is really time to drain the pool, professionals should be hired. You may have significant repairs that need to be done, and an empty pool is necessary. Elite Pool Professionals can tell you whether the pool must really be drained to complete those repairs. Or if five to seven years have passed, and it is time for the pool to be drained, a knowledgeable professional should be called. If the pool is drained improperly, it can cause damage, so it is worth investing in expert know-how to get this job done.
At The Elite Pool, our experts ensure that you aren’t risking anyone’s well-being whenever they dive into the pool. We make it easy for you to enjoy your time poolside.
Give The Elite Pool a call to find out how you can keep your swimming pool in top condition with our services to help get it clean, so draining is not an option to be considered before it is necessary.