Two drains or one?

LarsKev

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Dec 30, 2017
15
Los Angeles, CA
The pool at our house in Cathedral City (Palm Springs adjacent) only has one drain, and the pool inspector said that because it is grandfathered in, we do not have to replace with the dual drains. How big of a safety issue is it to have only one drain? We are planning to replaster the pool in the next year or so and thought that would be the best time to switch to two drains, if it is really necessary. I have not yet gotten pricing for adding another drain, but I have asked for it.
 

mknauss

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May 3, 2014
22,414
Laughlin, NV
If you replaster, typically you must pull a permit and that will require a VGBA compliant drain to be installed.

You could just abandon the main drain. They are not needed.

They do make retrofit covers.
 
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LarsKev

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Dec 30, 2017
15
Los Angeles, CA
Thanks!
The quote I received for replastering said that we did not have to replace the drain, although it was recommended.
I'll ask about abandoning the main drain and the retrofit covers, as I do not know what those are.
 

Oly

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Jun 28, 2017
1,174
Fresno, CA
A common problem with automated pool cleaners is having them hang up on bottom drain covers. Our pools bottom drain was blocked during a resurface (prior owner) and its not an issue for us. One advantage of a main drain I understand is as a fail safe if the water level drops below the skimmer. Easy for us to watch water level and evaporation is manageable, there are also auto fill devices.
 

LarsKev

Member
Dec 30, 2017
15
Los Angeles, CA
No children will be allowed in my pool. I'm retired, and I do not have friends with children. I do appreciate the warning, and one of the reasons I will not allow children is safety concern. My pool is 6' deep at one end, and I think that is too deep for children.