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Spring is finally here in Arizona, and most of us are chomping at the bit to get our pools up and running for the season. With our backyard swimming pools getting little to no use during the winter months, there’s a good chance they’ll need a little work to get them ready for the upcoming pool season.
If your pool has been neglected for an extended period of time, is beginning to turn an unhealthy green, or it has been a few years since you last had the pool water changed, it’s time for a pool drain service.
Here’s what you need to know about draining your Arizona swimming pool:
Part of owning a swimming pool in Arizona, is properly maintaining and caring for it. One pivotal maintenance service that needs to be periodically done is a pool drain. There are a few instances in which your pool needs to be drained.
First and most importantly, your pool needs to be drained to stabilize the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS). Arizona summers are extremely hot, with temperatures reaching 115 degrees or even hotter. The extreme heat and low humidity of summer, means you’ll lose a lot of water through evaporation. You’ll lose even more as the kids splash water out of your pool. As your water levels drop, new water is added. There’s one problem with this; as this cycle will leave minerals and residues in your pool. Every time water is replaced, this cycle continues and the TDS rise.
Evidence of this TDS problem is not hard to spot, as you’ll begin to see calcium deposits, brown manganese stains, and hard water build-up. You may even experience a burning sensation on your skin and around your eyes while swimming. The water will begin to taste salty. A Down Under Pool Care professional will be able to test your water’s TDS levels, and recommend a plan of action; including a possible pool drain.
Second, your pool may need to be drained if any repair work needs to be done on your pool. Sometimes repair work can be done when your pool is full; but repairs like re-plastering, fixing leaks, some pipe repairs, all need to be done in an empty pool.
While pool drains are a pivotal part of pool maintenance, they should not be done every year. Down Under Pool Care recommends draining and refilling your pool every 2-4 years here in Arizona; or as TDS levels and repairs dictate.
A question we commonly get asked at Down Under Pool Care is, “Where do you drain or dump my pool water?” The answer to this question has a few different variables, and it may depend on which Arizona city you live in. Generally speaking, no permits are required, but the water needs to be kept on your private property, or in the sewer clean-out located on your private property. Gone are the days when you could dispose of the water on your road or sidewalk. Draining your pool water to storm drains on the street is prohibited. See below for pool drain regulations by city.
For more details on all of the laws and regulations that pertain to draining your Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, or Phoenix swimming pool; click on the links below. When having your pool drained, it’s best to stick with a reputable company who is up-to-date on all of the laws and regulations in your particular city. Down Under Pool Care is one such reputable pool service company.
Your are not required to contact your current city when you are having your pool drained and refilled, but residents should be aware of the rise in their utility bill due to the large consumption of water. These Arizona cities do not give discounts when refilling your pool; however, most cities offer seasonal rates. You can use your utility bill to calculate the estimated cost to refill your pool. It is billed per thousand gallons based on the current city rates.
Draining your Arizona swimming pool can be quite the process, but generally takes a Down Under Pool Care professional about 8-10 hours with our pumps. Here is a quick chart you can use as a gauge to determine just how long a pool drain may take; depending on flow rate:
While your pool is drained, it is the perfect time to give it a little bit of a face lift. A chlorine wash or an acid wash will give your pool that like new look, and remove algae and other stains. While your pool is drained, it is also a good time to switch out light bulbs, clean tiles, and perform any preventative maintenance or repairs.
Down Under Pool Care offers all of these services.
There’s quite a lot that goes into draining your Arizona pool, and it is best left to qualified pool professionals. Down Under Pool Care offers a drain and fill service (plus the price of chemicals) for $150.00. This service includes: draining pool, rinsing interior surfaces, priming and starting the pump when full, administering start-up chemicals, and balancing the water.
If it’s been more than two years since your last pool drain, give Down Under Pool Care a call today! We will get your pool ready for the upcoming pool season!