Drain My VInyl Liner Pool

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DOMSPOOL
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Drain My VInyl Liner Pool

Postby DOMSPOOL » Fri 05 Jun, 2009 22:36

Can I drain my pool and if so how long can it be empty? will the liner shrink?


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Drain My VInyl Liner Pool

Postby Denali » Sat 06 Jun, 2009 02:08

DOMSPOOL wrote:Can I drain my pool and if so how long can it be empty? will the liner shrink?


Hi,

It is normally NOT recommended draining unless you must. Liner can shrink. Sides can sag. Ground can shift (without the weight of the water).

Is this an attempt at cleanup?
DOMSPOOL
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Drain My VInyl Liner Pool

Postby DOMSPOOL » Sat 06 Jun, 2009 11:37

Yes Im trying to clean it up. The reason is I dont know how long the water has been sitting there I believe about a year. I was thinking of just doing chemicals but the pool store suggested going that route.
what about draining it half way?
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Drain My VInyl Liner Pool

Postby Denali » Sat 06 Jun, 2009 12:00

DOMSPOOL wrote:Yes Im trying to clean it up. The reason is I dont know how long the water has been sitting there I believe about a year. I was thinking of just doing chemicals but the pool store suggested going that route.
what about draining it half way?


Anytime you drain or partially drain a vinyl lined pool you risk the liner coming loose and pulling out of its track. If you find out the hardness level or CYA level is high you can drain out a foot or so and then fill. Repeat until you get to the chemical level you want.

This isn't to say that if you drain all the way or half way something bad will happen. It's just that it is a risk. For me, I'd rather play it safe unless there was a reason I had to drain it.

Even a pool that has been sitting for a year can be cleared up. Not as quickly as draining and refilling but it can be done.

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