When to Drain Pool

Pools require a lot of maintenance which may sometimes mean partially or completely draining it. While it is rare to need to drain a pool, sometimes it is necessary. This blog post will discuss situations where it might be necessary to drain your pool. These conditions have to do primarily with either the water quality or repair needs.

Reasons why you may need to drain your pool

  • Repairs
  • Pool is getting refinished
  • Heavy cleaning
  • Water quality- TDS levels

Several reasons lead to a complete or partial pool drain. Taking proper care of your pool will extend its lifespan.

drain pool
Drained swimming pool


You might need to empty your pool to do specific repair work on the interior pool surfaces. Even with proper and regular pool repair and maintenance, some experts recommend draining your pool every 3-5 years.

Call Sun Valley Pool Service today to get any needed pool repairs scheduled.

Pool is getting refinished

Repairs and maintenance may also involve repainting, refinishing, resurfacing, or fixing cracks in the walls.

Heavy pool cleaning

This work can include acid washing to remove stains and scale or replacing the vinyl liner. Keep your pool sparkling clean with regularly scheduled pool cleanings by Sun Valley Pool Service.

Water quality -TDS levels

The most common reason for needing to drain a pool is poor water quality, due to an overabundance of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), which are substances that accumulate in the pool water over time. 

With time they cause water chemistry to become very unstable. This means more and more chemicals will be required to maintain your pool water within the correct parameters.

Should you drain your own pool?

You should always hire professionals to drain your pool. Improper pool draining could cause irreparable damage to your pool, so don’t drain yourself. And if it does need to be drained, professionals can safely drain and refill your pool.

Best time of year to drain a pool?

When draining a pool, it is important to pay attention to weather conditions. Draining a pool when it is over 85 degrees Fahrenheit can cause damage to your pool. It is also true that you should not drain your pool when the temperatures are very cold, temperatures that are below or almost below freezing. This is because exposure to the elements may damage the pool.

This means that the best time to drain your pool is when the weather is mild, which is usually in the spring or fall. Spring is the best option because the freshwater will be ready for swimming in summer. Fall can also work, though most professionals prefer draining in spring.

How long does it take to drain a pool?

Draining a pool can take between 8 and 14 hours depending on the size, and how many gallons per minute the pump can move. Plan on allotting yourself at least a day, possibly two to get the job done. When draining a pool, make sure there is always an adult nearby and that that adult is continually checking the pump, pool, and hoses.

Tips for draining a pool

empty pool
Empty blue swimming pool
  • Pool repairs or resurfacing work should be done when weather is mild, so as not to damage the pool.
  • Do not keep your pool drained for more than a day or two. Leaving the pool drained for too long can cause the ground surrounding your pool’s foundation to shift and change.
  • Ensure you drain your pool under the advice of a pool service professional.
  • Talk to your local authority to find out where and when it is approved to remove your pool water.
  • Ensure you turn off the electricity to your pump and pool light, as well as remove the trippers before draining the pool.

Wrapping Up

Pools require consistent time and attention in order to stay clean, clear, and swimmable. The best way you can take care of your pool is by keeping up with. Contact Sun Valley Pool Service today and find out more about our pool maintenance services.



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