How often should you drain an inground swimming pool if it is kept running year round?
If the pool is kept in pristine condition throughout the year, you should never have to drain it. If you do want to drain it, drain it every ten years or so. (You run a risk of damaging your pool by draining it.)
A: Not all the above answer is exactly correct. Through evaporation and refilling the pool you accumulate minerals that cannot be filtered out. Another factor is that of your water make up or fill water. If it is hard water that may didctate just how often you pool is drained. SO, on the average, lets say, in California, you may drain your pool about every 8 to ten years. A clue on when to drain is - when you start to have a very difficult time trying to balance the chemistry including the chlorine then it is time to think about draining and refilling the pool.
The only risk is if you drain or try to drain a pool after prolong rains or is you are aware of how high the "water table" is in your area. In order to get that info you may have to call your water district and ask them. "high water tables" make draining a pool a dicy situation. The result of an empty pool during these conditions is usually a pool that will float out of the ground. It will act like a bath tub or a boat ...even if it is made out of steal reinforced cement.
Improved answer: The 2nd answer up there is actually more correct that the first. You do definitely need to drain your pool at some point. We in the pool industry recommend every 5-7 years. That's only because in that amount of time the water does get too complex and the chemicals stop working. The chemicals will register that they are present but they ARE NOT WORKING. I tell my customers to think of it this way, think of all the chemicals added to the pool over the years, add on all the people scum, urine, pets, dead animals all the dirty things that can end up in your pool. Do you want to swim in that after more than 7 years? No that's gross, and your water will be gross, it needs to be drained every 5-7 years. It doesn't harm your pool to drain it. To leave it drained yes then your pool will be ruined. Remember to watch the water table or amount of moisture in the ground because the chance of a pop out is much greater. If you have questions about these things contact a local pool contractor or company. Not a retail location because their main focus is to sell, not service.
I need to drain my inground swimming pool I have never done this I know that I use a hose but I don't know where to place it and how get the water flowing my pool has been very neglected newly divorced and need help please. Or can I just treat the existing water with chemicals and always cleaning my filters clean. Thank You very much in helping me if someone can.
Hmmm, do you possibly mean the back wash valve on the filter? This valve has many positions to choose from especially for sand filters. Filter, back wash, drain, drain to waste, filter bypass, closed. They are pretty much self explanatory. Normal position would be the "filter" position while the pump is running and the filter is working. Ken
It depends on the kind of leak. Does the water drain while the pool lines are closed off? Does if leak faster or slower while the pool is running? Are the little bubbles blowing out of the return lines? All of these can indicate leaks of different types. Each different type has a different way of finding it.
A drained swimming pool will be more dangerous to anyone who could fall into the pit. The pool will need fencing around it that is sturdy and anti-tamper proof. What are your plans for rain water when it fills during a storm? What are your plans for when you have a lot of rain and the water table surrounding the pool rises enough to make the pool float out of the ground????
Why would you drain your pool just becasue the water is hot? Never drain your inground pool unless you have first cut holes in the bottom of the pool to keep it from floating. If the water table in your area is high enough, your inground pool could "float" out of the ground, effectively ruining your pool.
If the car is on (Ignition is on, engine is running) then no. Nothing should drain the battery when the car is running, there is a device called an alternator with a belt that usually goes around the crankshaft that transforms the mechanical energy into electrical energy. As long as you have the car running, the battery should not die. If so, you have a mechanical problem.
I would think not. If it is an inground pool and the "drain" is at the bottom of the pool this should also be running through the filter. It should be filtering from the skimmer basket and the bottom drain. At least that is what I have seen. while I agree it is not the proper way and "maindrains" are great for circulation, also know that many pools work fine without them and a quick…
Depends on your setup. Do you have a working bottom drain and a side skimmer basket? I only have the side skimmer basket, so once the level goes below the skimmer the pump will run dry. I have to attach a vacuum line to my skimmer basket so that the vacuum head sits at the bottom of the pool then I can backwash as much water out as I want. You should note that I…
Is there a way to flush out the bottom drain of an inground pool when it has no suction due presumably to leaves and debris blocking it?
Every main drain should have a drain cover as a swimmer may become trapped by hair length or suction if the skimmer is turned off and the filtration intake is coming from the drain only. There are grated covers for rectangle drains and there is little that can be done there but in round drain housings there are anti-vortex drain covers which is recommended. New codes from the National Pool and Spa Institute (NPSI) says…
If you have a leak in the main drain line in a vinyl inground pool do you have to fill in your main drain?
Most main drains for vinyl liner pools have a threaded port inside of the drain itself. This threaded port is used to plumb in the main drain. The easiest way to fix this is to swim down to the main drain, remove the grate, which is held on with two screws, COME UP FOR AIR, then screw in a threaded 11/2 plug into the port. This will stop water from leaking if the leak is…