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Pool Draining Service: When, How, and Why to Replace Your Pool Water

GL Pools Team

by the Pool Service & Repair Experts at GL Pools

Throughout the years, your swimming pool can become saturated with several substances, including dissolved solids, minerals, and other impurities that cannot be removed through regular swimming pool maintenance. Sadly, these impurities can be problematic, causing pool owners costly issues that could otherwise have been prevented with a pool draining service. In fact, by draining and refilling your pool, you can effectively increase both the health and longevity of your pool.

Why is a Pool Draining Service Necessary?

As mentioned above, pool draining and pool filling service is crucial for maintaining a clean and healthy pool environment with a proper chemical balance. Not only that, but it’s the only way to correct the issues mentioned below—there is no chemical solution that encompasses them all. Issues that a professional San Diego pool service can help you avoid include the following:

Algae Growth

When your pool contains high levels of dissolved solids, an environment can form that supports and even encourages algae growth. In order to prevent this, it is important to use a reliable pool draining service to remove the water and replace it with fresh water.

Corrosion and Staining

Minerals in the water, such as calcium and magnesium, can cause both corrosion and staining on your pool’s surfaces and equipment. Regularly using a trusted pool draining service can help keep your pool problem-free.

High Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)

High Total Dissolved Solids or TDS can lead to poor water quality, skin and eye irritation, and decreased effectivity of your pool chemicals. If your TDS levels are around 3000 ppm, you should consider a pool draining and pool filling service.

High Calcium

High calcium levels can result in scaling issues both in the pool and its equipment. Your calcium level should rest between 200 and 400 ppm. If your pool’s calcium levels exceed this range, it’s essential to address the problem promptly by using a reliable pool draining service.

High Cyanuric Acid

Also known as your pool’s stabilizer or conditioner, high levels of cyanuric acid can damage your equipment while diminishing the effectiveness of chlorine and encouraging algae development and increased chemical waste. Using a trusted pool draining service and pool filling service to maintain proper levels of cyanuric acid is vital for avoiding these issues and ensuring the water is balanced and safe for swimming.

What are The Benefits of a Pool Draining Service?

Professional pool draining and pool filling service promotes several benefits that can impact your pool’s health and longevity. Whether you are using a Del Mar pool cleaning service or handling your pool maintenance yourself, you still want to go with a professional for your pool draining. Here’s why:

Improved Water Quality

Over time, your pool’s water can become contaminated with various pollutants, including algae, bacteria, and chemicals. By contracting a pool draining service or even looking into reverse osmosis for pools, you can help eliminate these contaminants, leaving you with nothing but fresh, clean water after your service is complete.

Increased Energy Efficiency

Older pool water often contains high levels of minerals and contaminants that can make pool equipment work harder than usual, ultimately increasing energy consumption. Luckily, using a pool filling service to fill your pool with fresh water will improve your pool equipment’s efficiency, reducing energy consumption and costs.

Structural Benefits

By choosing a pool draining service, you can effectively extend the life of your pool. This is true because replacing your pool water can reduce the buildup of scale and other damaging deposits that can threaten the structure and plumbing of your pool.

When is it Time to Drain and Refill My Pool?

In addition to professional pool cleaning, GL Pools recommends a pool draining and pool filling service every 5-7 years. However, for in-ground standalone spas, you should drain and refill the water every 6-12 months and every 3-4 months for smaller, constantly heated spas with a smaller filter. This timing is accurate for all pools and spas, regardless of how well they’ve been maintained. In terms of the pool draining service itself, our pool spa services are quite straightforward. The steps are as follows.

  1. Neutralize the chlorine.
  2. Find a suitable/legal drain.
  3. Shut off the equipment.
  4. Drain as much water as needed using a pump with a hose attachment at the bottom of the pool.
  5. Set up a fill line with a Hudson valve attachment to assure the water stops at the appropriate level.
  6. After refilling, restart the equipment and rebalance your water.

When all is said and done, you can expect this process to take between 3 and 4 days for a pool and just a couple of hours for a spa. At GL Pools, we are happy to offer a pool draining service AND pool filling service, rebalancing your water, so it is once again ready to enjoy safely.

Are There Alternatives to Draining/Refilling My Pool?

There is one alternative to draining and refilling a swimming pool, however, it is slightly more expensive. This process is known as reverse osmosis. Reverse osmosis for pools works by using a filtration system that removes both dissolved solids and impurities from the pool, simultaneously conserving water as well.

GL Pools Pool Draining Service and Pool Filling Service

Our pool draining service and pool filling service will remove built-up contaminants, extend the life of your pool equipment, make pool filter cleaning easier, help maintain water clarity, and enhance the overall enjoyment of your pool by providing a more inviting and comfortable environment for swimmers. Contact our talented professionals today to learn more about what we can do for you. As one of the most trusted pool companies in San Diego, GL Pools’ team of highly skilled professionals delivers top-quality service. Whether you are in need of a new swimming pool startup after your pool draining and pool filling service or a major pool repair, our San Marcos pool service is committed to ensuring that your pool is functioning at its best and that you are completely satisfied with the results.