Don’t take the main drain in your swimming pool for granted
Getting to Know the Main Drains
You may not know it, but that drain at the very bottom of your swimming pool serves a very important function. Many people think that the drain is simply there to drain the pool should they ever need to, and they tend to overlook its care and maintenance. However, if you neglect your swimming pool main drains, you could find that it may lead to problems in the future.
What is the main drain for anyway?
The main drains, located at the deepest point of the deep end of the pool are actually a part of the water filtration system, and they do siphon off unfiltered water through a hydrostatic system throughout the day. Without this system, the water at the bottom of the pool may never be properly cleaned.
However, since the main drains do have to be located at the deepest point in the pool, it is very easy for them to be covered in debris. All that sand, dead leaves, and dirt that floats to the bottom of the pool before it can be picked up by the skimmers will eventually find its way to the area of the main drains, causing them to be covered so they cannot function properly.
Don’t forget to clean it
As a part of the routine pool maintenance, be sure to use your pool vacuum to remove any debris that settles over the main drain. Alternatively, you can use a brush and net for the same purpose.
When your swimming pool is installed, the main drains are fitted with a grate for the purposes of safety. Another part of main drains maintenance should be a routine inspection of that grate. If it becomes damaged in any way, it could pose a threat to a swimmer’s safety. If you see any damage to the main drains, you will need to have the grate replaced immediately.