Although you can clean a pool without draining it, there are specific instances where draining your pool IS necessary. If your pool needs a repair that can't be done with water still in the pool, then you need to drain it only with the approval or supervision of a pool professional.
Vacuum to waste through your multiport valve to prevent clogging in your filters. Pool Brushing – Brush vigorously and repeat the process every 8 to 12 hours. This will remove any dust, stains, and dead algae from the black pool water and surfaces. Then vacuum the pool to remove the shock dust and dead algae.
The single most important reason to drain your pool is to deal with TDS levels. When TDS levels get too high, they start to interfere with the chemicals at work keeping the water sanitary and clear. More and more chemicals are needed, which can be harsh on the skin and even damage the pool itself.
If you have a stubborn pool stain, an acid bath is another option. This allows you to remove the stain without draining the swimming pool and uses strong acidic solutions to basically burn-away the stained surface spot. The acid removes the stained concrete surface from the pool.
– You bet! We can acid wash a pool without draining the water or damaging the surface. Remember, many people mistakenly believe that acid washing is a 'cure all' for swimming pool stains. The truth is, it is not.
Mustard algae and most yellow/brown algae will like the bottom of the pool. The fastest way to get rid of these stains is to apply chlorine straight onto the discoloration. Scrub with a brush and watch it disappear. Run a water test to see what other stuff might be in the water, and treat accordingly.
Draining a pool is risky business for several reasons. Your pool is not meant to be empty. Whether you have a vinyl, concrete, or fiberglass pool, it is at its best when it's full of water. Once the water is drained, you open yourself up to all sorts of damage, so drain a pool only when there is no other option.
Modern concrete pools can usually stand being drained for as long as needed, but there'll still be a risk of popping if the ground water level is high. Fibreglass pools are less resilient. The floor may come loose and float to the top when refilled, even after a short period.
If you're filling your pool with well water, make sure that your well has the capacity to do so. You'll also want to ensure that your well equipment is up to speed; test the well water before adding it to your pool. It can contain excess minerals that might make balancing your pool water difficult.
A nylon or rubber brush is the correct choice for scrubbing the sides of a soft-sided above-ground pool. A large pool brush makes quick work of the job, but you may need a smaller brush to clean corners. Once the particles have been removed from the sides of the pool, turn your filter back on and agitate the water.
Pool water turns green because of algae in the water. Algae can grow rapidly, particularly when it's warm like Summer, which is why it can surprise you overnight. This generally comes down to an imbalance or lack of chlorine in the water.
Should the green be due to pollen, there may be little to do in the way of minimizing the discoloration short of erecting a building around the pool. Fortunately, assuming there are no allergies to the pollen, it is safe to swim in a pool with that as the cause for green water.
First, if the draining is done at the wrong time or under the wrong conditions, you can actually risk damaging your pool structure and liner. All the water from your pool needs to go somewhere when it's drained, and that usually means the ground.
Closing a pool that is green with algae, or dirty with debris or with water that is unbalanced, leads to heavy staining and saturation of the water with dead algae cells, which makes it easier for subsequent generations to grow.
Close the pool for winter – but don't drain it.
In winter, the water in your pool is still your friend. Especially when properly winterized, it helps to protect the pool liner, keep it clean and prevent unnecessary damage from debris, harsh weather and other factors.
Most inground fiberglass and concrete pools are built structurally to withstand the weight of the dirt against them when drained. However, if the groundwater is high enough, it can push the entire pool out of the ground. The pool shell acts like a ship and floats up in the groundwater.
The answer is always NO. Above ground pools need the weight of the water in them to provide an optimal level of stability. Without water supporting the wall you run the risk of the pool wall coming out of the track. Also without water in the pool the liner can shrink and no longer fit your pool.
Generally, pool water needs to be replaced once every five to seven years. This should be done during mild weather so that your pool surface is not at risk from strong sunlight and heat. Your pool maintenance company can recommend when it is time to drain your pool.
Brown-colored algae is actually a form of yellow or mustard algae, and not a separate strain of its own. The extremely rare mustard algae forms in pools with poor chemical balance and in shaded areas that get little sun.
If the pH or alkalinity of your pool is off, that may be the culprit. Debris, phosphates, and pollen also can cause yellow algae, and you're more likely to get algae in warmer climates or in areas with environmental and atmospheric changes.
Can You Use A Pressure Washer Underwater? As stated above you probably can technically use your pressure washer underwater. However, it will not be able to actually clean much. The water that is already in the pool will zap the strength and power of your system and it just will not be able to do much of a clean.