Draining your Pool

Why are pools commonly drained?

  • Total Dissolved Solids ("TDS") are too high—water is unable to hold safe chlorine levels.
  • Calcium levels are too high, increasing white build-up, or "scaling," on your pool's tile.
  • Salt levels are too high, stopping chlorine production in salt generators.
  • Cyanuric Acid ("conditioner") level is too high, jeopardizing the effectiveness of chlorine and sanitation in your pool.
  • Phosphates are too high, limiting chlorine production in salt generators and acting as fertilizer for algae growth.
  • Minor repairs to surface of pool.
  • The result of high levels of calcium build-up causing scaling," and high "conditioner" causing purple staining.

Associated Risks

When all of the water is removed from your pool, it may cause the pool structure to raise out of the ground, a condition often times caused by hydrostatic pressure (i.e., too much moisture in the soil). Once exposed to the air, tile may fall off the pool, the plaster can shrink, expand, crack, blister, flake or pop off, etc. In fact, the dangers are so great that most insurance companies require a waiver be signed by the pool owner prior to draining to protect the pool technician from the liabilities associated with your empty pool.

Lifted Pool  The most costly damage can be that the entire pool shell can be lifted, or "popped," several feet above ground.  Repairing a lifted pool can easily cost $10,000 or more to repair, IF IT CAN EVEN BE REPAIRED without a complete demolition and rebuild.

Plaster Delamination  Removing water-weight from the pool and exposing it to the sun can cause egg-shell like cracks in plaster, which would result in re-surfacing the entire pool to repair the damage.

Calcium Build-up Causes "Scaling" and Staining
Your pool water will build-up calcium leaving unsightly white residue which stains (or scale) your pool’s water line. While there are many companies that will remove these stains, the SaveWater process should be used as regular maintenance to keep scaling from occurring in the first place. We will renew your pool water to normal calcium levels leaving your pool crisp and clean.

The SaveWater process is like an insurance policy protecting you from costly damage resulting from draining your pool. Why spend thousands of dollars to repair a drain-damaged pool, when SaveWater can protect your investment?

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