If you intend not to use your pool for an extended period of time and don’t want to worry about either maintaining it yourself or calling in an expensive service, you may be wondering what the best way is to shut it down. There are mixed opinions about whether you should drain the pool halfway, all the way, or not at all.
How to Drain a Pool
It would seem logical that if you aren’t going to be using a pool you should drain it completely. If you don’t, you run the risk of paying for expensive chemicals to keep the water clear, otherwise when you open the pool in the spring, you may have a mess on your hands. The problem is that if you do drain the pool, you could have a real disaster on your hands if this is not done correctly.
It may seem a bit ridiculous, but it is very possible if you drain your pool at any point, should there be a disastrous storm or strong rains, that the pool can literally buckle and begin to come out of the ground.
When the land becomes too saturated with water and there is no weight in the pool, it can become uprooted. When that happens, it is a lot more expensive to repair than just a little green and water.
Pool Maintenance and Draining Tips
- Do not drain your pool in your septic tank
- Do not drain your pool into the streets, gutters or storm drains.
- Doing so subjects the water to be treated and reused. The water may have chemicals that may be harmful to your surroundings, such as high levels of salt and chlorine.
- Drain your pool in your lawn or other rocky areas within your property.
- Let the water slowly be absorbed or gradually spread into your ground.
Listen to Douglas Orr’s Marcus Spiegelberg as he talks about tips to prevent plumbing mishaps on this radio show for Condo HOA.