Do I need a main drain in my swimming pool?
Main drains are not required in an inground swimming pool, however, they are strongly recommended and can be extremely useful in some circumstances. The advantages of main drains are to give you the ability to drain the water from your pool without the use of a sump pump.
How do I clean the main drain in my pool?
- To prevent clogs from occurring in the first place, regularly remove debris from the top of the pool with the skimmer. …
- Remove the pool drain plugs and let it drain. …
- Unscrew the drain cover and place the pool plunger over the drain. …
- Pour the organic pool drain cleaner into the drain.
How do I measure my pool drain cover?
Put two strips of electricians tape on the “scoop” edge of your pool basket, separated by 6-3/8” inches as pictured below. From the side of the pool, place the basket “scoop” edge over your pool drain to measure the distance between the holes on the pool drain cover.
Are residential pool drain covers required to have anti entrapment covers?
To comply, pool owners must do only two things: install anti-entrapment drain covers on the drains ($150 or so each, like the one at right) and – if the pool has only a single drain – install an automatic pump shut off system, or a safety vacuum release system, or any suction-limiting release system.
How does the pool main drain work?
A pool’s so-called main drain is not actually a drain; that is, it is not used to drain the pool. Instead, it is an outlet, housing a pipe that runs to the pump, which sucks water through a skimmer, then through a filter, then through a heater (if you have one), and then back to the pool via multiple inlets.
How do you drain an inground pool without a main drain?
zea3. I have used a vacuum hose stuffed down into the skimmer hole and the vacuum head on the other end to drain down below the skimmer many times. I have a rubber collar for my Baracuda Ranger pool cleaner that fits on the end of my hose and forms a tight seal in the skimmer hole.
How do I test the main drain in my pool?
Re: How to test the main drain?
- Add some dirt on/around the main drain so suction is very evident right away(you can always vac it back up…)
- position yourself at the edge of the pool watching the main drain closely and holding the tennis ball in position at the skimmer.
What is the main drain on inground pool?
Main Drain: The main drain is typically located at the deepest point of the pool and is used to lower the water level, however its primary purpose is to circulate water from the bottom of the pool.
How often do pool drain covers need to be replaced?
every 7 Years
How do you install a main drain in a pool?
To install the main drains into a vinyl pool, first remove the cover and face plate off of each main drain pot, and tape over the opening, covering the faceplate screw holes with duct tape. There is a 2″ plug included with each main drain you will use that to plug the bottom hole in each main drain.