Pool Maintenance And Drains


The Basics Of Pool Draining

A pool drain is not like the drains we normally encounter in the sink or in the bathtub. Pool drains work in a slightly different manner, which means that you should probably leave pool draining to the professionals to prevent any issues from arising. If you own a pool, you should still understand the basics of pool drains, however, so here is some information for you!

What do the drains do?

Pool drains are not just responsible for removing water from the pool like the drain in a sink is. The drain is part of the pool’s filtration system that keeps dirt and other debris from building up in the pool. They are responsible for moving the water to the filter and back to the pool.

Where are the drains?

The main pool drains are usually found on the floor of the pool. To be as effective as possible, the drains are usually at the lowest point of the pool so that the water flow will carry debris towards the drain. Depending on the size of the pool, there may be more than one main drain to help keep the pool as clean as possible. There may also be multiple drains around the edge of the pool to catch floating debris before they have a chance to sink to the bottom.


In order to remove debris and water from the filter, pool drains work with suction, which can be dangerous to swimmers without the proper precautions. To ensure safety, every drain should be covered by a cover or grate that meets the safety standards laid out by the U.S. Consumer Safety Protection Commission’s Pool Safety Campaign.

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