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Does your pool need to be drained? This is not a question to take lightly nor is it something that anyone other than a swimming pool service contractor should do. Unless you are fully versed in the nuances of drainign a pool it is something your Menifee, California swimming pool service contractor will discuss with you.

Swimming pools rarely need to be drained — thanks to modern technologies and stronger building materials that mean even vinyl liner pools rarely suffer rips or tears.

Does your pool need to be drained?

There may come a time, though, when your pool will need to be drained in order to make repairs. Unless you fully understand pool drainage techniques, you can seriously damage your pool if you drain it without knowing how it’s done.

These are reasons it might be necessary to drain a pool:

  • A vinyl liner pool is one of the most tricky to drain and should truly be done by a pool professional. Draining a vinyl liner pool without the know-how and without knowing whether the excavated area has the structural integrity to withstand the draining could lead to the walls’  collapse. These pools are backfilled along with the filling of the pool, this equalizes the pressure and keeps the plumbing and wiring intact. Keep in mind if you drain the water, the liner will float away from the walls and if ground water has seeped in under the pool liner, that will cause the liner to float and wrinkle.
  • Above ground swimming pool: The liner in an above ground pool can shrink during the draining process and lead to tearing when it’s refilled. The older your pool liner is, the less it will stretch during the refill process – and this could lead to tearing. Don’t drain the pool in cold weather as this reduces the stretch-ability of the liner. After the pool has been drained and the repairs complete, it’s best to refill the pool as quickly as possible. Recruit friends to keep wrinkles out when refilling the pool. Don’t add more than an inch or two of water before shifting the liner back into position.
  • Fiberglass and concrete pools: When you’re dealing with these pools, you can run into the same groundwater problems. If the in ground pool was constructed properly, it should have the structural integrity to withstand the weight of the dirt that was backfilled. If the ground water is high, it can push the entire fiberglass pool casing out of the ground which can rip the plumbing and electric out of the moorings and could even crack the pool.

When your pool service contractor decide it’s necessary to drain the pool, he will take the steps to make sure the structural integrity of the pool remains intact.