Why would you need a pool drain? Part of being a pool owner is managing the quality of the water. There are several factors that would cause you to drain your pool. Most commonly, it’s due to high TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) or high levels of Cyanuric Acid. TDS may consist of items such as leaves, minerals, sunscreen, dust, and pool-maintenance chemicals. Over time, TDS increases, and when you reach a level of 2500 ppm, you start to lose the ability to balance the pool water. Another reason for draining your pool is high Cyanuric Acid (CyA) levels. CyA builds up in the water and cannot be removed by the addition of chemicals.
Your pool may need to be drained completely in order to clean it out of any build-up. Allowing you to start with a clean slate chemically. This would be the perfect opportunity to do any necessary repairs such as an acid wash, tile cleaning, replace a broken drain cover or pool lights. It is always recommended to do a chlorine wash or acid wash when draining your pool. This is a preventive maintenance item to keep your pool running at its peak efficiency. We always want to make sure your pool is safe and chemically balanced.
When to perform a Pool Drain?
Depending on the quality of your fill water and the quality of chemicals you typically add, you should expect to drain your pool every 3 to 5 years. Make sure not to Drain the pool when the outside air temperature is more than 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Due to the Arizona climate, it is only recommended to drain the pool during the fall and winter months while the weather is cooler. This is also the most convenient time since you likely won’t be able to use your pool anyway with the colder weather. This can be a difficult task for pool owners because to drain a pool you will need a submersible pump, may need to contact local municipalities, and need to remove the trippers from your pump and pool light.