You should be ok as long as this is just a refill. It's when you plan to
have it empty for several days that you can run into problems with the pool
popping. Your local utility/water company can give you all the scoop you
need on the current conditions of the water table in your area.
BTW, isn't there some kind of chemical treatment you can do that will reduce
the mineral content? Seems draining and re-filling would be much more
In any event, while you have the pool drained you may want to consider doing
a chemical tile cleaning, and then re-seal the tiles. Fill any cracks in
the mortar or missing grout first. If your tile is older, and has water
stains on it, while the pool is empty you can use Lime Away on it and it
will clean the tiles up well.
It depends on the water table and I know nothing about So Cal. Here in
Houston, they do NOT drain without opening the well point plug and when
they drained mine for replaster and tile, they even jumped in as soon as
the shallow end was exposed and jackhammered a hole through the bottom. It
DID have water under it.
Good time to acid wash the plaster, and bead blast the tile. If you have
tile. Acid wash should be done every couple of years. Acid wash is not hard
but it is a bit dicey.
Walking around spraying muritic acid on the walls and pumping it out some
where is best left to people who do it. Unless of course your willing to go
out and buy all of the stuff to do it. Personally here in Az I pay the 200
bucks. (17k gallon pool)
Bead blasting was once known as sand blasting. I have a bead blaster that I
bought from harbor freight and I use #10 glass beads, I already own a air
compressor so it pretty easy. The glass beads will take off all of the crud
and clean the grout lines around the tile.
Ya draining is way cheaper than trying to filter the minerals out.
Commercial pools use a mixture of soft and regular water. Personally never
have tried it.
hey , I am in AZ too. How good does the bead blaster work ? I need my
tile cleaned up a bit. What happens to the beads that go in the pool ?
I drain every other year, probably should every year since I have
cartridge filters and not much water gets pumped out. This is why the
TDS rises pretty quickly.
It pays to be prepared.
After draining, if the pool starts to come out of the ground, your local
fire department can fill the sucker in about ten minutes (you'll have to pay
for the water). They may even fill your pool as a courtesy after your
renovations. Again, you'll have to pay for the water.
My local fire department used to perform this service but was eventually
prohibited by twits who thought it was indecent to save the property of the
"rich" (those with a pool). These same people, however, thought it was okay
to put out the fire on a shack or a dumpster worth a fraction of the value
of a swimming pool.
City water departments have meters and hose you can connect to a fireplug.
These are usually made available to construction sites to provide a lot of
water (such as for on-site concrete mixing). Compared to filling a pool with
a garden hose, they are well worth the trouble.
Wonderful Idea. When I re-filled my pool, I had treated water trucked in
from a neighboring burb because our public water supply is so bad. It only
cost 115.00 then we topped off the pool using the water supply after
running it through a big filter provided by the pool finishers.
I rather like the idea of checking into the fire department. With those big
hoses and a hydrant, I'll bet they could fill a big pool in short order.
Around here, they wont let you drain your pool into the sewer system. They
dont want the chemicals going into the sewer treatment plant. Also, you
cant drain into some storm drains cause they go into a nearby pond or lake
which is fish habitat. Either way there is a BIG fine (per GALLON dumped)
for messing with water if you get caught. I'm NOT saying this is the case
where YOU live but be forewarned.
Remember when water was OK everywhere cause it was 'clean' ?
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Those days are gone... I agree that all these new environmental
regulations sound a bit excessive at times but maybe 30-50 years from
now we'll look back and think to ourselves "Man, we really had no clue
what we were doing to our environment back then".
Isn't it too warm this time of year to drain it ? Better check with
your local pool store. They al;ways tell me to drain in winter when
it's not so hot.
Bad for the plaster and/or pebble tec if it dries out too much I've
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