How to Drain An Above-Ground Pool

If you need to change your liner, did not winterize your pool properly, have too many algae in your pool, or need to replace your existing pool, then you know it’s draining time.Before doing it, however,you must know that there are two methods you can use, so choose between the two. The first option is to use a small electric pump that can be submerged. The second option is to use a hose to siphon the water out.Both methods need enough hose to stretch away from where your above-ground pool is.

Using the drain plug on your pool will cause you to have the ground under your pool washed away and your pool caved in, causing different kinds of damage to the pool’s frame.

If you’re using the garden hose method, you can drain about five inches of water each hour. It’s will take long so be sure you have a lot of free time before you start draining. Also, do it when the sun’s out but you could still drain the pool during a cloudy day. If you use a large hose, of course, you’ll drain the water out faster. It all boils down to the size of your pool, actually. To get the siphon going, you just have to attach the hose to the faucet, turn the water on and let it run into the pool for a short time, then remove the end quickly from the faucet while keeping it low to the ground. It should be lower than the pool. You’ll then notice the water is starting to flow back. The trick is to rapidly move that one end of the hose where you want the water to go.

As you vacuum the water out of your above-ground pool and get it down toabout 10 inches or so, you can use the hose to get rid of the debris. The lower the water gets, the lower you need to keep your drain hose. It should always be lower than your pool or else it won’t flow out of your hose.When you use this method, you should have a broom to remove the remaining water because it may leave a few inches of water left. I recommend a plastic broom for this one. Leaving the pool with almost no water at all will help you dry the pool if you need to store it.

On the other hand, a submersible pump will get all the water out and if you choose this method,very minimal sweeping is needed. A garden hose may leave about 4-5 inches of water, so having a small electric pump is beneficial. It may causea higher electricity bill, but as long as it’s a small pump, that’s okay.

Keep in mind that an empty pool (or as little as ¼ filled) and a liner exposed on a hot day can cause the liner to shrink from the heat. So after drainingthe pool, placeit where it isn’t in direct contact with the sun. Empty pools can also collapse in high winds or bad weather so you have to store them right away.