All About Swimming Pool Overflows

Owning a swimming pool can be a great addition to your back yard, as well as a great activity for your friends and family. Owning a swimming pool can be very rewarding but, it does come with a lot of responsibility and up keep. By making sure you properly open and close your pool for the season, measuring your swimming pool for correct chemical combination, and keeping up with daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance duties you can extend the life of your pool. However, when owning and maintaining a swimming pool you need to make sure you are prepared for the unexpected swimming pool issues and emergencies that can happen. One of those issues being an overflow of your swimming pool. This can be a very expensive, damaging, and stressful problem that can easily be avoided.

An overflow is just like leaving your bath tub running un-attended for so long that the water spills out everywhere. Your swimming pool’s water rises above maximum level and spills over the side. Swimming pool overflows can happen during the winter months, if you choose to not empty your pool all the way. If you live in an area where you get big tropical storms, or hurricanes, these are common causes of swimming pool overflows. Other ways overflows can also happen are: if you have cracks in your surrounding deck or physical damage inside your swimming pool, or simply by leaving your swimming pool un-attended while filling it with water. If an overflow were to take place this could cause extreme damage to the area around your swimming pool. Your wooden deck could warp, crack or soften to the point where it would need to be replaced. Overflows can ruin your landscaping, damage your concrete, and if the overflow is bad enough can even damage your home.

If your swimming pool happens to overflow its important to know what to do. The first thing you need to do is start by removing water from inside of your swimming pool. This will stop the overflow and then you can start removing water from the outside surrounding area. This can be done by locating and uncovering your pools water drain, or backwash (This will be the fastest, easiest way). If your swimming pool does not have a drain or backwash you will then want to rent or buy a pump that can suction out the water. However, if you don’t have the time to leave and get a pump, find a large bucket and manually remove the excess water.

Like most issues in life it is always cheaper to prevent than it is to repair or replace. The same goes for your swimming pool. The prevention of overflows can almost always be avoided. Having a swimming pool covers, or a backwash valve installed if your swimming pool is not already equipped is a must! You want to be sure that during winter months or before a storm you can safely lower your water levels in a quick, safe manner. Now that you know how to prevent, and handle this possible problem, you can now continue to enjoy all the benefits that come with owning your swimming pool.