Deck/Patio Drainage for Inground Swimming Pools 101

What should I know about pool deck and patio drainage?
Pool patios should slope about one-quarter of an inch per foot, away from structures like the pool and your house. This helps keep water from washing debris into the pool. Deck drains divert water on the patio to another location, usually via strip drains (also called trench drains) or spot drains.

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