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    draining pool water

    hi
    i put alot of bleach in my pool water to clear algae. once this process is complete , according to pool school , i should shock the water and drain water below skimmer and return so i can close the pool. with all the bleach used in my pool water over the past 4 days to get the algae out of the water is there anything that would be unsafe about draining this water with the bleach in it into my grass or into the sewer system .


    thank you

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    Re: draining pool water

    Nope. You could swim in if it was warmer, and the chlorine will be quickly consumed when it contacts organic material.
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    Re: draining pool water

    I agree, I've drained gallons and gallons of shock-level pool water and my grass and trees have never shown an adverse reaction.
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    Re: draining pool water

    My Grass actually grew better after draining the pool water with chlorine and shock in it...NO problem...Just watch for water draining into neighbors yards...in some places that is a code violation.
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    Re: draining pool water

    Some types of grass will lighten when subjected to a high chlorine water source. I drain my water into my house gutter drain line. The same line is used to drain water from the grass using lawn drain connections. The grass in the area of the drains grow roots into the drain line. The roots in the drain line pick up the chlorinated water and the grass around the drains turn white. The good news is that the grass doesn't die, it just turns white for a few days and then goes green again.

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    Re: draining pool water

    But, you should check with your local water dept or county govt to see if there are
    rules about draining. Where I am, I can backwash onto the ground, but for draining
    it has to go into the sewer.
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