How to Drain an Above-Ground Pool
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How to Drain an Above-Ground Pool (2020 An Expert Guide)

At the end of the summer, you will need to get your above-ground pool ready for the winter. The first thing that you need to do is drain the pool. There are two ways to accomplish this; you can use a pump or a water hose. Read on to learn everything about how to drain an above-ground pool.

Reasons to Drain an Above-Ground Pool

There are times when you will need to drain your above-ground pool. For example, you may need to replace your pool liner. Sometimes the pool liner can be repaired without draining the pool but if you need to replace it, you will need to drain it.

In addition, you may find that you need to replace the water in your pool. This usually happens if you have gone for a time without properly cleaning or caring for the pool. You may also find that the water is chemically imbalanced by a chlorine lock. It can happen when there is a serious pH imbalance and it can only be resolved if you drain the pool and replace the water.

Finally, you will need to drain your pool to move it to a new location or to store it for the winter. In both of these situations, you will need to drain your pool before you can move it.

Draining the Water From Your Above-Ground Pool

Draining your pool can be a pretty simple process as long as you follow a few steps. There are 


actually two methods for draining your pool. You can use a garden hose

or you can use an electric pump. Once you have chosen your method, you will follow a few simple steps to remove the water from your pool.

  1. Locate a Spot for Water to Be Channeled

The first step is to plan where you will direct the water. Most above-ground pools have a significant amount of water that needs to be drained and you need to determine where you will direct it. You should direct it away from your home and any other structures or landscaping. The chemicals in the pool water can damage your lawn and your plants.

In addition, you will need to make sure that you are following any local ordinances or rules concerning pool emptying. If you have a drain or you can reach a local sewer drain, that is a good spot. Check with your town or county to find out where you are allowed to drain your pool water.

  1. Choose Between a Garden Hose and an Electric Pump

Once you know where you will drain the water, you need to decide how to drain it. You can use a garden hose or an electric pump. The pump is much faster and will get almost all of the water out, whereas the garden hose might take most of the day and you will still have some water left in the bottom.

Which method you choose will also be based on why you are draining the pool. If you need to move the pool or store it, or if you are replacing the liner, you will need to get all of the water out and the electric pump is the best option. If you are simply changing out the water, you can use the hose.

  1. Siphon the Water Out Using a Hose

If you have a broken pump or you don’t have a pump, you can siphon the water out of the pool with a garden hose. You will be able to get most of the water out of the pool but there will be a few inches of water left on the bottom.

First of all, you need to make sure that the end of the hose where the water exits is lower than the end that is getting water out of the pool. Then, you can attach one end of the hose to a water spigot and submerge the other end of the hose in the pool.

Now you can turn the water on and let it run for about 30 seconds to make sure that the entire hose has water inside of it. After you turn the water off, detach the hose from the spigot and kink it. This will hold the water in place while you move this end of the hose to the drainage location.

Once you reach the location where you plan to drain the hose, unkink it and watch the water come out. If you run into trouble and it stops draining, you may need to restart the siphon but this method will remove the majority of the water from your pool.

  1. Drain the Pool Using a Pump

Your electric pump will come with a manual for how to set it up. This method is much faster but you will need an outlet or an outdoor extension cord.

You can submerge the pump in the pool, attach a hose, and turn the pump on. You will want to set the hose up to drain where you want it to go before you turn it on but once you do, it will drain the pool rather quickly, often in around an hour.


Final Words

Using a pump is the most efficient way to drain your above-ground pool and you will need to use a pump if you are emptying the pool completely. Make sure that you move the pool to an appropriate spot or cover it for the winter. Above-ground pools can suffer damage in the sun if they are left without water.

If you are simply changing out the water to restore its pH, you can use the garden hose siphoning method. This will take longer but it works well if you don’t have a pump. Just remember that it is very important to plan where you will dump your water. Pool water with chemicals will harm your lawn and your plants, and many towns and counties have specific ordinances that tell you where you are allowed to drain the water.