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Part I of this article series focused on the facets of draining pools in Orlando and what pool owners need to know if they have an in-the-ground vinyl liner pool, especially if this pool is an older pool. This continuation of the last article will now focus on other types and ways of draining pools in Orlando home owners should know.
Just like with vinyl liner pools, a concrete pool is subject to some of the same dangers that a Orlando pool made of vinyl can succumb to. The main danger to a concrete pool Orlando residents must know about when draining it is that the walls of the pool will no longer be supported from the inside by the weight and pressure of the water contained by the pool. This means that pressure from the dirt and other compacted elements around the perimeter of the pool will be exerted on the walls of these pools and may eventually lead to the collapse of these walls, which would be extremely dangerous to anyone in or near that swimming pool. Similar to vinyl liner pools, concrete and fiberglass swimming pools can also be pushed out of the ground by ground water beneath the pool that is suddenly able to bear the weight of the pool’s floor and walls without having to support the weight of a full pool’s water as well. With the weight suddenly gone, an overreacted slip can occur as the result of displacement and shift the entire pool out of its original position in the ground.
Aboveground pools Orlando residents may be draining have slightly different needs. Though the liner in the pool is still a factor, the liner is not affected by ground water levels or by pressure from outside walls of a basin dug into the ground. Instead, the liner is affected by temperature more than anything. As we know, warmer materials tend to expand, while colder materials have a tendency to contract. The reason that this affects your aboveground Orlando pool is that the liner shifts much more dramatically when the pool is drained and all of the water pressure is removed. This means that extreme temperatures, especially extreme cold, are risky times at which to drain an aboveground pool due to the risk of warping the pool itself.
As parts I and II of this article have explained, draining pools by yourself is a very risky idea that could irreparably damage your pool. If you have a repair that requires you to drain your pool, call All Seasons Pools, and our team of professionals will find a drainage solution that keeps your Orlando pool running smoothly and safely.