Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Home and Garden  > Driveways, Pools & Outdoor Living > Swimming Pool Drain

Swimming Pool Drain Cost


How Much Does a Swimming Pool Drain Cost?

 
low costSimple Drain and Refill: $20-$30+; with Pump: $45-$70+average costProfessional Pool Service: $70-$150high costDraining, Cleaning, Refilled: $150-$800
post E-mail post Post   Comments (1)

In-ground pools are rarely drained because the hydrostatic force of the surrounding underground water table can damage the pool by literally making it "float" out of place, breaking pipes and cracking the pool itself. Above-ground pools are also subject to hydrostatic pressure, and the liner may dry out and crack if left empty.

Typical costs:

  • If the same water has been in a pool for several years, the levels of total dissolved solids (TDS)[1] can be high. Draining and refilling, then adding new chemicals will refresh the water in an otherwise undamaged pool. Costs for refilling a pool will vary, but the average water agency charges about $1-$1.50 per 1,000 gallons, so water for a 20,000 gallon pool would be $20-$30.
  • Renting a small submersible pump for 24 hours costs about $25-$40; buying a small sump pump[2] runs around $80-$130.
  • Charges start around $70-$150 to have a professional pool service company drain a pool (of almost any size) and refill it simply to refresh the water,
  • For pools with persistent stains or other problems, having it drained, cleaned, acid- or chlorine-washed, and then refilled with fresh water and chemicals bumps the cost to $150-$800, depending on the size of the pool, the amount of cleaning needed and if the filtering system needs flushing.
Related articles: Swimming Pool, Swimming Pool Cover, Pool Cleaning, House Cleaning

What should be included:
  • Before doing anything, check with your local water and sewer agencies. Many municipalities have strict regulations (and fines) governing how you can dispose of chlorinated swimming pool water. Usually, pool water must be de-chlorinated and then drained onto your own hardy landscaping. Glendale, CA[3] requires pools to be drained into the sewer system if they can't be used to water landscaping, but Queen Creek, AZ[4] prohibits using the sewer system.
  • Even a pool with dark green water doesn't necessarily need to be drained; talk with a pool supply store or service company about how to treat the problem with chemicals. Often a problem can be fixed using chemicals without any draining or by only partially draining the pool and then treating it.
  • Occasionally a pool must be drained completely to make needed repairs, but the process needs to be done properly. Some experts do recommend draining and replacing the pool water every 3-5 years, if the amount of total dissolved solids (TDS) builds up over time. To ease the pressure during draining, some pools are equipped with hydrostatic relief plugs (manual or automatic); otherwise a hole or holes should be drilled in the bottom to relieve the pressure. And often a company will start acid- or chlorine-washing a pool while the water is still draining, to minimize the amount of time the pool is empty and vulnerable to damage.
Additional costs:
  • If you drain and refill your pool, you'll need to add appropriate chemicals to the new water. The cost will depend on your pool size and type of filtering system, but generally runs $15-$50.
Discounts:
  • Check with the company that built your in-ground pool; a few have a policy of providing draining service for the life of the pool.
Shopping for a swimming pool drain:
  • Professional pool service referrals are available through the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals[5] and through the Independent Pool & Spa Service Association.
post E-mail post Post   Comments (1)
CostHelper News


Forgotten Expenses In a Home Addition Budget
Items like construction costs, permit fees or debris removal aren't the only expenses to consider when calculating the total costs of a home remodeling project. || Posted August 5 2013


Girl Scout Cookies Marijuana Selling for $5,000 a Pound
Would you like to smoke some Peyton Manning? Or, would you prefer to spark up some Girl Scout Cookies?Marijuana growers and venders are getting creative with the highly recognizable names they give different strains of weed, without the permission o. || Posted October 18 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Drain and refill above around pool 15000 gallons
Amount: $4,000.00
Posted by: HWWoman in Waterford, CT.Posted: May 21st, 2015 09:05AM
Type of Pool:: RoundType of Service: Drain and refill water
Brand new pool with a liner leak
Need pool drained and refilled upon new liner install
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Swimming Pool Drain
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Type of Pool:: Type of Service: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.poolwizard.net/problems/tds.htm
  2.  www.google.com/search?tbm=shop&q=submersible+sump+pump+cost
  3.  www.ci.glendale.ca.us/public_works/pdf/swimming_pool_draining_procedure.pdf
  4.  www.queencreek.org/Index.aspx?page=400
  5.  www.apsp.org/
More Home and Garden Topics
Check Out All Costs for Home and Garden How Much Does a Storm Shelter Cost? How Much Does Heating Oil Cost? How Much Does Painting a House Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com




Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Rabies Shots
Paid: 1662.82
My daughter was scratched by a stray cat. She's away at college. She went to get rabies shots and the original bill was $14,411.50. Our insurance paid all but $1662. This is outrageous... [more]
-Vivian
Rabies Vaccine Cost
Septic Inspection and Pumping
Paid: 500.00
Located and dug up, inspected, replaced filter, pumped 1,500 gallon tank, filled back holes. Last maintenance is unknown as we purchased home not knowing septic history... [more]
-Ella B
Septic Tank Cleaning Cost
Cost of mammogram
Paid: 901.81
Bill was 1196.01, BCBS said they could only charge 901.81. Really?? I pay $2000 a year for insurance and this is it. It was CONSIDERED a diagnostic mammogram because I turned 40 and my OB/GYN said I needed to have one... [more]
-MLS765
Mammogram Cost
Painting interior
Paid: 1900.00
I'm having the interior painted one color. I am paying $ 1900 to have all common rooms painted, not including bedrooms. I have a two story house and the living room has 20 foot tall walls... [more]
-Lucy106
Painting a House Cost
partial house rewire
Paid: 5000.00
We live in Southern California in a 1500 square foot historical home--built in 1947. The electrician charged $2700 to upgrade the panel from a 100 amp to a 200 amp. We had to apply for and pay for the city permit ourselves... [more]
-jukeboxjohnnie
Rewiring a House Cost
FELDCO in wisconsin
Paid: 11118.00
I own a duplex and replaced 12 windows, both front doors, and added aluminum storm doors to both sides. The windows ran about $7700. The 2 Front Doors and Storm doors $3418... [more]
-
Replacement Windows Cost