There are many dangers when it comes to draining a swimming pool! Now that summer is just around the corner and temperatures are starting to rise, swimming pool owners run into all sorts of problems. Typically these problems include algae blooms, high calcium hardness levels, high total dissolved solids (TDS) levels and high cyanuric acid (CYA) levels too. With more bathers in the swimming pool, you also run into the issue of waterborne diseases. Any one of these can cause issues to your swimming pool and cause a pool professional to recommend a water change.
When it comes to draining a swimming pool, there are many risks and we hope this blog post helps to explain why we recommend recycling your water instead. The following are the most common risks involved with draining a swimming pool….
- In ground vinyl liner swimming pools are the most dangerous to drain as they do not have any physical structure to hold back the weight of the dirt when the pool is drained. When you drain this type of swimming pool, it can cause the walls to collapse, or ground water can cause the liner to float; neither of which are good for swimming pools!
- Fiberglass pools are often inserted into an excavated area and then backfilled with dirt. Since the water weight is far greater than the weight of the fiberglass shell, removing the water weight in a fiberglass pool is extremely dangerous as it applies to these types of pools coming out of the ground.
- In ground concrete pools are structurally built to withstand the weight of the water pushing outward on the shell, and that water weight helps keep the shell in the ground. However, if the ground water is high enough, it can actually push the entire pool out of the ground. Once a pool has popped out of the ground it can’t go back down!
- In ground concrete swimming pool finishes (plaster) can also crack when the temperature is above 70-75 degrees and the surface of the swimming pool doesn’t remain wet. Swimming pool plaster has been wet since the day it was installed (it cures under water) and contracts when the water is taken away. Once this finish rehydrates, it expands and the risk of delamination occurs.
Draining a swimming pool is also a huge waste of water and something that isn’t necessary. By recycling your pool water instead you take the above dangers out of the equation. We will also provide you with the best quality of water to swim in. At Pool Water Recycling we use Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration to lower calcium hardness, TDS, CYA and so much more without draining the swimming pool. To prevent major damage to your swimming pool, conserve the water and call us instead.
If you’re interested in learning more about this type of filtration, please contact us today for an appointment!