When draining a pool take care that there isn't enough ground water around the outside of the pool to lift it out of position, even a concrete pool will float on ground water. and once they are lifted out of the ground you are in big trouble.
I have a 15' above ground pool, when we installed the pool it was a little uneven (not even 1") now that the pool has been up for a while it has settled and now the side that was lower is off by about 3-4". How can I fix this without draining the whole pool?
Two of the most prominent dangers of draining an inground pool are ground water causing the pool to pop out and the weight of the dirt being too much for the concrete walls causing a collapse.
To help spread out and dilute the chemicals in the ground. Not to mention it will help rise the sides while draining.
I did not winterize my pool this year, I am planning on draining it.
There is no way to reduce the calcium level except by draining some or all of the water. High calcium levels are a problem mostly in the southwest part of the US. Draining a pool can be dangerous if the water table is high; the pool can actually pop out of the ground.
Get a plug.
When draining an in ground pool you must always be sure that groundwater surrounding the pool is not high enough to cause the pool to start to float. Even a concrete pool Will float if the groundwater under it is too high. Many pools are fitted with a hydrostatic valve in the deepest part of the pool to allow ground water into the pool if the water pressure on the outside of the pool gets too high.
I have cleaned and added my winter chemicals and am in the process of draining below the skimmer but my water looks a little cloudy is that normal ?
You can safely drain it and it can be left empty for 6-8 weeks depending on your climatic conditions If there is an underground spring and your pool is empty, it will literally push your pool out of the ground. If you have a fiberglass pool, the pool will collapse because the dirt is just pushed up around it. The dirt will shift when the pool is empty. Also, if plaster is exposed too long in extremely high heat, it will crack. We don't recommend draining once daytime highs are consistently over 90 degrees.
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