Hot summer days are here and the pool is calling your name. Although you may be ready to grab a float and jump in, you should first check the condition of your pool for holes, missing tiles, and algae. If you need to drain your pool for repairs, follow these steps:
- Before draining, test the chlorine level in the pool with a chlorine test kit and ensure the chlorine level has been lowered. A great way to lower the chlorine level in the pool is by not adding any chemicals for a few weeks and testing the chlorine level several days before draining.
- The best place to drain your pool is on your lawn far away from the pool. Water draining slowly from your pool can actually be used to water your lawn or garden. Test the water to ensure its chemicals will not damage your plants. The lawn acts as a natural filter, allowing the water to slowly make its way into the ground while also allowing sediments in the water to settle out. If you have a saltwater pool, discharging saltwater into the yard may cause extensive damage. The soil retains the salts in the water runoff and could cause growth issues in your grass, trees and plants.
- Do not drain your pool water into streets, gutters, or storm drains. High levels of salts, chlorine, or other chemicals can make its way into waterways harming aquatic organisms and wildlife. Pumping the water directly into a sanitary sewer clean out is also not permitted. Also avoid draining to your septic tank as it may not be able to handle the extra volume.
For more information on how to properly drain your swimming pool this summer, please email Daniel Friedline, Public Outreach Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org