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Can I Drain My Pool or Do I Need a Pro?

October 22, 2015 TDS, Winter Pool Cleaning Service  6

Reasons to drain your pool:

  • TDS of more than 2,500 ppm in Arizona, 2,000 in most other places.
  • Resurfacing
  • Painting
  • If your pool suffers damage ~ such as a wicked haboob in the Valley and half of a tree falls in your pool (Unfortunately this happens).

Concrete / gunite in-ground pool drain how to:

***NEVER drain your pool in the summer or when the temperature is over 85 degrees. The change in temperature and heat from the sun can crack your plaster or Pebble-Tec!

  1. Rent a sump pump.
  2. Connect the sump pump to your yard’s sewer drainage pipe with a blue, heavy duty backwash hose (make sure to measure the length of hose you need to connect to the sewer in advance).
  3. Place the pump in the deep end of the pool and turn it on. Estimate the length of time the pool will take to drain by the speed of the pump and the number of gallons in your pool. Professionals will use a timer so that the pool will begin draining during the night and be finished in the morning.
  4. Now that your pool is drained, it’s time to fix anything that is broken. Pool lights, pop-ups, pool drain covers that comply with the latest laws, plaster or pebbletek repairs, and cleaning the tile are things that are done more easily when the pool is drained.

You need a professional to drain your pool when:

  • You have an issue with groundwater, such as recent heavy rains.
  • You cannot locate your pool’s hydro-static valve or your yard’s sewer drainage pipe.
  • The temperature is already over 85 degrees and you need to look at other options.

Fiberglass vinyl pool drain – call in the pros:

  • Fiberglass pools are meant to be full of water at all times!
  • A pool professional will ensure your fiberglass pool is braced properly.
  • Bulging walls or cracks in the lightweight shell will ruin a fiberglass pool. A pool professional ensures this does not happen.

Vinyl-Lined pool drain how-to:

Rent a sump pump.

  1. Connect the sump pump to your yard’s sewer drainage pipe with a heavy-duty blue backwash hose.
  2. Place the pump in the deep end of the pool and turn it on.
  3. Do not leave the vinyl shell empty for long because the liner can dry and crack in the sun.
  4. Difficulties you may encounter that AMCO pool pros know how to deal with:
  5. Fragile liner tears and rips easily. (Groundwater beneath the pool can cause the liner to float up without the water weight holding it down.
  6. Dirt surrounding vinyl pool walls may collapse.)

Three more reasons you need a pro to drain your pool:

  • You encounter any pressure issues while pumping the pool yourself.
  • Your pool plaster is stained and requires an acid wash.
  • You would rather spend your valuable time elsewhere.

You can refill your pool with a garden hose or a water dump.

Refill speed with a garden hose depends on:

  • Hose diameter
  • Hose length (typical hose 75-foot hose)
  • Local water pressure (You can find this out by calling your water utility.)

We’ve done the math for you:
A ½” inch diameter 75-foot hose with 40 pounds of local water pressure will fill your 5,000-gallon pool in about nine hours.

Using a bigger 5/8” diameter hose means the water will be delivered faster and your pool will be filled about four hours sooner.

Impatient? Think watching a pool fill up is as exciting as waiting for water to boil?
Want to dive in sooner? Water dumps are the fastest way to fill your pool with fresh water and are often used in rural settings but not so much in the Phoenix Metro Area.

AMCO technicians will check on your pool throughout the drain/refill process and have you smiling and swimming as soon as possible.

Feel free to call AMCO Pool Service at 623-932-9104 if you have concerns or questions about draining your pool, or your swimming pool maintenance.

Comments (6)

Frances says:
November 29, 2015 at 6:55 pm Reply

My first question is: how did sand get into your hose? Your water spuply is supposed to be free from sediments. The raises the possibility of your hot water solenoid valve being jammed by the sediments. That would be my first suspect.You might also check the hot water line by turning off the hot water valve, removing the hose from the washer, pointing it into a bucket and turning on the valve. If you get a solid, steady stream of water, the hose and lines are clear. Otherwise, you have a blockage in your hot water line before your washer. A plumber should be able to correct this problem.If however, the problem is with your washer, you’ll need to call in an appliance repairman to correct the problem. Was this answer helpful?

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July 30, 2017 at 12:43 am Reply

Since it can be extremely difficult to lower the TDS level, draining the pool and starting over with clean water is often the best solution.

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August 30, 2017 at 10:04 am Reply

If you have what I call Combination Skimmers , where the main drain is tied into the skimmer, you can also use the filter pump to drain the pool.

zzday says:
September 2, 2017 at 7:33 am Reply

If the pool is very mucky and green, you will want to spray off the gunk as the water level lowers.

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