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During the hot summer months, one of the biggest blessings a homeowner can have is a pool right in their yard. There is nothing that compares to being able to relax and cool down in the comfort of your own home. Especially if you live in a warmer climate such as Australia. But maintaining a pool is not just fun and games, and if you neglect this part of your responsibilities, you might have a problem heading your way. For instance, many tend to neglect the drain of their swimming pool, but that little circle at the bottom of your pool has an important role and you should ensure it’s working properly. Therefore, here are some tips for unclogging your swimming pool drain and maintaining it in the future.

About pool drains

pool drains

The main drain of a swimming pool actually serves another purpose besides draining the pool. It actually sucks out the water from your pool to be filtered and then delivered back through a number of inlets, clean and free of dirt. In large, commercial pools, these main drains are big and covered by a dome-like cover for safety reasons. In your private pool, depending on its size, you might also have more than one of these drains. While the suction is not strong enough to pose a threat to your safety, to be on the safe side, you should have anti-vortex covers guard your drains. In addition to the drains at the bottom of your pool, there are also a number of skimmers that are responsible for removing dirt from the surface of the water.

How can the drain get clogged?

As the main drain is sucking the water, it is inevitable that some debris ends up in your drain and pipe system. If you don’t skim the debris from the top of the water regularly, it can eventually sink to the bottom and make your life more difficult. For instance, hair, leaves, sticks and other debris coming from trees, or simply pollen and other particles are all common enemies of the pool drain. If you notice that your drain is not working properly, it is likely the case that it is clogged. 

What to do if your drain is clogged?

drain is clogged

Before you call in the professionals, you can try a few techniques yourself, but there are a few things that you have to know so that you don’t accidentally aggravate the problem. To unclog any part of your swimming pool’s drainage system, you will need to turn your pump off first. 

To force out a blockage from the suction line, you can approach this issue from the side of your skimmer. The first step is to remove your strainer basket and clear any dirt and debris from the area. Then, you have the option of turning to handy tools such as a hydro flush or a clog buster/water bladder. You can attach these to your garden hose, as you are going to utilize the household water pressure for unclogging the blockage by inserting the water bladder into the skimmer. While this method can push out the debris that caused the blockage on the other end. If the blockage is stubborn, it can get also deeper, which means it will be even harder to get out. 

What do do if the clog won’t go away?

If you believe the problem lies in your main drain and the previous solution did not work, you might need to drain your pool to properly remedy the issue. Once drained, you can use tools such as plungers to loosen the clog and eventually force it out. Nevertheless, be careful with plungers as they are quite tricky to use for swimming pools. Swimming pool drain systems often have short radius elbows, and unless you’re an expert, there’s a risk that your plunger gets stuck or you cause damage while handling it. If you don’t want to risk it, it’s best if you call in professionals such as Canberra Plumbing and Drains who have the proper know-how and equipment to sort the issue out.

While chemical cleaners might sound like a handy method, consider that these cleaners contain very harsh chemicals and you don’t want to risk damaging your drain and pipes by using them on the wrong materials. In addition, considering the environmental and health risks these harsh chemicals pose, it’s best if you keep them far from the place you will be bathing in.

Further maintenance

It’s difficult to completely avoid debris ending up in your drains, but certain maintenance steps will considerably lessen the chance of you having to unclog your clogged pool drains on a regular basis. First things first, skim the water for any accumulated debris regularly, especially if you live in a place where the wind tends to blow all kinds of things into the water. It is also important to clean the drains regularly to prevent algae from growing. When there is a lot of debris in your pool, you can remove it by vacuuming your pool manually. And saving your drain system from the hard work.

Owning a pool is a great thing but it can also cause plenty of headaches if you encounter problems such as blocked drains. Thankfully, there are many solutions you can try and there are always professionals at your disposal who can solve the problem in the blink of an eye so that you can continue enjoying your pool all summer long.

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Ron Wolf
Ron Wolf is a hobby designer and a DIY enthusiast, and, above all, a very blessed father of two. Besides that, he has a strong passion for writing. If he is not working he enjoys being outside with his family. Hiking, bike riding, and BBQing are always a thing for him. In the evening, he likes to watch documentaries or build something with kids in their lego corner.

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