When preparing your home for the winter, don’t forget your swimming pool. Closing your pool for the winter will save you a lot of cash and time when you open your pool in the spring or summer.
The easiest way to winterizing your pool is draining it. But many pool owners don’t realize that there’s a correct way of doing this. If you want your pool to last, you need to know how to drain it the right way.
Why Should You Drain Water from an Above-Ground Pool?
Some of the main reasons for draining water from an aboveground pool include preventing the growth of algae that shocking won’t fix, and clearing debris that your pool vacuum won’t clean out.
There so many reasons why you should drain your pool, but whatever the reason, ensure that you don’t damage the liner in the process.
How to Drain Water from an Above Ground Pool
Draining water from an above ground pool can either be disastrous or a seamless success. There are two simple ways to drain an aboveground pool, either with a pump or a hose siphon.
Drain a Pool with a Pump
If you don’t own one, you can rent a water pump to drain the pool.
- Submerge the pumps intake hose in the water as close to the center of the pool as possible.
- Choose a suitable place where the water will drain. Check the water regulations in the area. Many municipalities will not allow dumping of a large amount of water in the streets, and if you dump water into the sewer lines, you may run the risk of backing water up your home’s drainage system. Ask the relevant authorities for the proper way of disposing of the water.
- Close the return lines and don’t let air enter the suction lines as the water level drops.
- If you air gets into the suction lines, the pump will stop.
- Ensure the waste line is open. If you’re using a sand or a DE filter, you can turn the multiport handle to waste mode. If you are using a cartridge filtering system, make sure the valve leading to the outlet line is open.
- Check the main drain. When all suction lines are closed, check the main drain to see whether the diverter is open. If it’s blocked, you’ll notice drops of water on the strain cover of the pump. If this is the case, you need to get a pump that can submerge in the water. The whole process can take up to several hours depending on the size of your pool.
- Frequently check the pool to avoid the equipment malfunction and flooding.
- And electric pump won’t drain every inch of water in the aboveground pool. So when the water level is low enough, switch off the pump and sweep the remaining water with a plastic broom.
Draining a Swimming Pool with a Water Hose
For this method, you’ll need a water hose. You can use several hoses to drain the swimming pool faster.
- Submerge the hose into the pool until it’s filled with water.
- Lift one end of the water hose and place it on where you want it to drain off. Be sure to check with your municipality for the proper way to dispose of a large amount of water.
- Don’t suck one end of the hose with your mouth to start the siphon, especially if you are draining a saltwater pool. You may end up choking on the pool water. Instead of risking your life, you can attach one end of the water hose to a faucet, open the tap until water fills the entire hose, and then remove it from a faucet and let the water flow out.
- Let the hose drain off the water. The time taken will depend on the size of your pool, the number of hoses you use, as well as the diameter of each hose.
Tips When Draining Water From an Above Ground Pool
Drain your above ground on a sunny day to avoid water-logging in your yard. Ensure your use hoses with large diameters to drain the water faster.
In both methods, ensure you clear out the remaining water by simply dismantling the entire pool to free the liner. Turn the liner over to completely drain the pool.
After draining the pool, dry it, fold it properly and store it in a cool dry place. This will help prevent the growth of mold and mildew while on storage.
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