Draining and refilling your pool is an essential part of maintaining its quality. Even with proper maintenance and care, your pool will still need to be drained and refilled on occasion.
Luckily, draining and refilling your pool is a simple process that only requires a few basic pieces of equipment. Once drained and refilled, your stunning backyard pool will be back to its best.
In this article, we’ll be explaining how to drain and refill your pool so that you can enjoy it all throughout the summer.
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Why drain a pool?
You might be wondering why you need to drain your pool at all. Your pool water is cleaned regularly, so why would it need to be replaced?
There are actually multiple reasons why you might need to drain your pool:
If there is a storm approaching
If a storm is forecast over the next few days, it might be wise to drain your pool water to prevent it overflowing. Do not wait until after a period of heavy rain to drain your pool. When heavy rain seeps into the ground, it may increase the pressure around the sides of your pool. If you attempt to drain your pool following this increase in pressure, you run the risk of your pool popping out of the ground as the water drains away.
If your pool needs repairs or resurfacing
Most maintenance work will require your pool to be fully drained so that a professional can access the floor and walls.
If the quality of your pool water has reduced
High levels of cyanuric acid can contribute to a reduction in the quality of your pool water. This is the most common reason for needing to drain a pool and is required to keep your pool in great condition. It is recommended that you drain your pool every 3-5 years to improve the quality of the water and maintain the condition of your pool.
How to drain your pool
Check with your local authority before you get started. Each municipality has its own rules about how, when and where someone can drain their pool. Check the regulations in your area to ensure you are acting safely and legally.
1. Install a submersible pump
Never use your regular pool pump — this can lead to permanent damage to your pool. Instead, buy or rent a submersible pump and place it on the floor in the deep end of your pool. The other end should be placed in your designated drainage spot.
2. Turn on the pump and begin draining
The submersible pump will begin to drain the water from your pool. Keep an eye on your pump during this process to ensure that everything is running smoothly.
3. Remove the submersible pump
Once the pump is no longer pushing any water out of your pool, turn it off and remove it. There will still be some water remaining, but that’s usually okay. If you are draining your pool to fix a chemical imbalance, you don’t need a completely dry floor. If, however, you need to remove all the water for maintenance purposes, use a pool cover pump to remove the residual water.
4. Open the relief valves
Open the hydrostatic pressure relief valves to keep your pool from popping up out of the ground.
5. Refill your pool
To refill your pool, restore the relief valves by tightly twisting the plug into the valves. This will prevent a sudden increase in pressure as you refill your pool. Use one, two or three hoses to add water back into the pool.
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