Although completely draining your pool isn’t the most fun process in the world, sometimes it’s necessary. Maybe you need to replace your pool liner. Maybe you’re actually considering moving your pool. Or maybe you have some serious water problems and you need to start all over again. Whatever the reason, you’ll need to come up with a plan of attack. Doing it all in one smooth and steady process is better than abandoning the project halfway. You’ll need to think about things like where to drain above ground pool water, what the best weather conditions are and what kind of hazards you might encounter. To allow you to get a decent understanding of the process we’ve created an article describing how to drain your above ground swimming pool.
The Draining Methods
There are a couple of different ways to drain your pool. You can use an electrical pump or a create a siphoning system using a garden hose. We’ve described both of these different methods below.
You’ll need to decide where to drain the above ground pool water before you get started. You’ll need to choose an area away from the pool and ideally on some level ground to prevent pooling or flooding. Place the intake end of the hose into the middle of the pool and place the output end at the spot where you want the water to drain. Start the pump and keep an eye on things until the water level is noticeably decreasing. You’ll want to check back on a regular basis to make sure you aren’t flooding your property and the pump is still working properly. Once the water level gets to about six to 12 inches you can turn off the pump.
Garden Hose Siphoning System
Using more than one garden hose will speed up this process. Similar to using an electrical pump, you’ll need to find an area away from the pool to pump the water to. Submerge one end of the hose or hoses into the water and the other into your drainage area. Use a pump to create suction and start the water flowing. Again, you’ll need to keep an eye on the operation to make sure the water is still flowing and you’re not flooding your backyard. When there’s about a foot of water left, you’ll need to move onto the next step.
Finishing the Drainage
Because neither method will drain your pool completely, you’ll need to take a different approach to finish the job. You can push the remaining water into the pool drain, use a wet vacuum to suck up the last of the water or flip the liner out of the pool and dump the remaining water out with it. Once completely drained you’ll be able to continue on with your job.
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