Is it time to drain your pool?
We often need to drain or refresh the water in our swimming pool due to several factors. We can help if you are in need of help with draining your swimming pool, hot tub, spa, or fountain.
The average size Swimming pool in Phoenix and the surrounding areas evaporates at about 6 1/2 feet per year. Imagine a constant cycle of water evaporation and water being being added to maintain proper operating levels. When water evaporates, minerals in the water are left behind. Those minerals are generally calcium, calcium carbonate (lime), potassium, copper manganese, iron and magnesium. Wether fresh water is being added or not, unless the water is being removed, these minerals are left behind and are disbursed in the concentration of the water and known as Total Dissolved Solids or commonly referred to as TDS.
Then there are the chemicals. Liquid swimming pool chlorine (sodium hypo chloride) for instance, adds salt to the water that remains even after the sanitizing effects have passed on and more needs to be added. Cyanuric acid (stabilizer or conditioner) never dissipates and will constantly increase in your pool until some, or all, of the water is drained. Chlorine tablets have several chemicals in them, but are mostly comprised of a slow dissolving chlorine called Trichlor or Trichloro-s-triazinetrione, the "other stuff", like stabilizer, stays behind and increases in levels as you add more tabs.
All of these chemicals that are commonly added to your pool water add up over time along with the TDS. Eventually your water will become too full of these particles and compounds, and will no longer be manageable. The pool owner, or service tec, will have a difficult time managing the pool. It will seem to use an exceptional amount of chemicals, and at the same time be very ineffective. When this happens, it is time to drain your pool, spa, or fountain, and start over with fresh water. To verify, you should take a water sample down to your local pool store for free water testing if you have any doubts.
We provide a draining service along with several other services that can be done in conjunction with the pool drain. While empty, you may want to clean the swimming pool tile, clean the pebble surfaces, acid wash or chlorine bath, or a pool repair.
If you do decide to drain your pool yourself, each city/municipality has their own regulations for draining your pool, spa, or body of water. Most call for draining into the sewer clean outs only after you have discharged as much of the water on your own property as possible, however a few cities want the water drained into the street. ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THIS PAGE IN BLUE, WE HAVE PROVIDED A LINK TO CITY AND COMMUNITY INFORMATION REGARDING THE DRAINING OF YOUR POOL. Please note that although these links come directly from the city or governing municipality, we do not accept any liability for any trouble, damage, or fines that my result from this information. There may be home owners association CC&R's that supersede the information provided by the city or municipality, and it is always a good idea to check BEFORE you begin the drain or discharge.