How to Clean Your Pool Deck Channel Drain
Keeping your pool deck channel drain clear of debris is key to maintaining your pool’s cleanliness. If the water can’t drain out, it will stay in the pool or migrate to areas where you don’t want it such as a patio area or lawn.
If you find water pooling in areas where you don’t want it to, this could be for a couple of reasons. The drain itself might be clogged, or the channel between pavers that it sits in might be clogged or not at the right slope. Both can be easily fixed with a little hard work.
Cleaning a Drain with a Removable Cap
The first place to start is with the drain itself. If you can, remove the pool deck drain cover from the drain. If there is debris that is clogging your drain, you can remove it by scooping it out manually, or using an outdoor vacuum to suction the debris out. If you choose to manually scoop, it is easiest to use a pry bar or similar tool that allows you to scrape out the debris. You can also lay a plastic sheet or cut open a trash bag and lay it next to the pool deck channel drain and scoop the debris onto it for easy clean up.
Cleaning an All in One Drain
If the top of the drain is not removable, you will need to pull out the entire drain and clean it out differently. The best way to do this is to take each section of the drain one by one and place one end in a sink, tub, or directly into the discharge area and then force water through the other end with a hose to break up the debris and push it out.
Cleaning the Drain Channel
If the drain itself is clear, you may need to remove it entirely and clean the channel where it sits. Again, you can use the pry bar and plastic sheet to scrape and scoop out the debris for easy removal. Once complete, replace the drain into the channel and lightly step on it to make sure it is all the way in. Clean up any excess debris, and you’ll be good to go!
If this does not solve the problem, you may need to hire a professional drain installer to come out and use a concrete saw to shave the channel. This can alter the slope around the drain, making it easier to collect water and push out debris.
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Cleaning a drain should be part of your routine pool maintenance plan and can typically be accomplished on your own without the help of a professional. If you’ve cleaned the drain and are still having issues, contact a professional drain company in your area to come out and have a look. This can save you thousands of dollars from having to repave the pool area by simply altering the existing slope.
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