Don’t Drain Swimming Pools
If you live in the Las Vegas area and own a residential or commercial swimming pool one of the biggest issues you are going to deal with is rising levels of Calcium Hardness and Total Dissolved Solids (TDS). This issue isn’t something that swimming pool owners are aware of because anytime you have a large body of water and are subjected to evaporation especially in hot climates, Calcium Hardness and TDS levels will rise in swimming pools. This happens because as water evaporates, the hardness minerals remain in the solution and gradually increase over time. As hardness levels rise, it’s highly recommended to change out the water in your swimming pool. What people don’t realize is there are major risks and dangers anytime you remove water from inground swimming pools. The following are some of the risks:
- In-ground vinyl liner swimming pools are the most dangerous to drain because the older pools may not have been built structurally to hold back the weight of the dirt against it when the pool is drained. When the pool is drained it can cause the walls to collapse or groundwater can cause the interior finish to float.
- In-ground, concrete pools are built structurally to withstand the weight of the water pushing outward on the shell, and that water weight helps keep the shell in the ground. However, if the groundwater is high enough, it can actually push the entire pool out of the ground. Once a pool has popped out of the ground it will not go back down! This isn’t very common in our area but it can happen.
- In-ground, concrete swimming pools can also crack when the temperature is above 70-75 degrees and the surface of the swimming pool doesn’t remain wet. This is the most common in our area and isn’t worth the risk when there are much better options.
Alternatives to Draining A Pool
With that said, there’s always going to be a risk when you empty out a swimming pool. In the Las Vegas area, where drought conditions are high, the simple and easy answer is to not drain your pool but recycle it instead.
At Clark County Pool & Lawn, we have an alternative to draining a swimming pool by using mobile Reverse Osmosis (RO) Filtration to lower Calcium Hardness, TDS, CYA, phosphates, nitrates, and other issues without draining the swimming pool. By using this technology the water level in the swimming pool never changes, it takes all the risks out of draining a swimming pool and provides you with a much better end product than a typical drain and refill because we can conserve up to 85% of the existing water in your swimming pool!