Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Question:
I recently had a swimming pool installed by a licensed contractor. There is NOT a drain on the pool... in other words, too much water (either from rains or a leaky valve in the auto-fill) causes the pool to overflow.

Are there any construction guidelines/requirements to install a working drain in the swimming pool?
Thanks in advance for your help!

ANSWER:
Thank you for your inquiry. There are no provisions within Los Angeles County Codes that require the installation of a drain with the installation of a new pool. You may wish to contact the licensed contractor who installed your pool for a possible remedy. With respect to the overflow from the pool flowing onto neighbors property, it is a violation of the building code if the drainage is detrimental to the natural flow of water or if the water has the potential to undermine structures. While we cannot recommend a specific course of action, we do suggest you address the overflow with the pool contractor to prevent future drainage problems. Thank you.

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