The task might seem daunting if you’ve never closed your pool for the winter. However, with some planning and elbow grease, you can finish the job in no time. This guide will show you the best way to pump water out of your pool so the task is done as quickly and efficiently as possible. Follow these simple steps, and you’ll be on your way to having a clean pool in no time.
Draining an Inground Pool
There are a few different ways to drain your pool, and your method will depend on your pool type and the water level. If you have an inground pool, the most common ways are:
Using a Submersible Pump
This type of pump is designed to be used underwater, and it will quickly remove the water from your pool. The pump is placed at the bottom of the pool and extracts the water through a hose. You’ll need to connect the pump to a garden hose and lower it into the pool. Once the pump is turned on, the water is pumped out of the pool and into your yard.
Using a Sump Pump
Another option is to use a sump pump placed outside the pool and pump the water through a discharge hose. A sump pump is, however, not as efficient as a submersible pump. You’ll need to place the sump pump at the lowest point in your pool and then attach a garden hose. Once the pump has been turned on, it will slowly remove the water from your pool.
Draining an Above-Ground Pool
The methods mentioned above for an inground pool will also work for an above-ground pool. However, being above ground gives you the option of siphoning off the water. All you’ll need for this method is a hose. A siphon utilizes pressure to extract the liquid through the hose, here’s the technique for creating a siphon:
- Fully submerge the hose. At first, you’ll see bubbles coming out as the air escapes the hose. Wait until the bubbles stop, that will mean the hose is full.
- Use your thumb or your palm to cover one end of the hose.
- Take the end of the hose you’re covering and take it to your desired draining location, making sure to place it below the water line of the pool.
- Uncover the end of the hose and let the draining commence.
Differences in Draining a Pool That Has a Sand Filter Versus Cartridge Filters
The main difference in how to pump water out of a pool with a sand filter vis a vis one with a cartridge filter is that you’ll need to remove the filter before draining the water. Otherwise, there is a risk of damaging the filter when you refill the pool. With a sand filter, however, you don’t need to remove it before draining the water.
If your pool has a sand filter, you’ll need to drain the water from the tank. That is done by disconnecting the hoses from the pump and turning on the multiport valve. For pools with sand filters, begin by disconnecting the pump from the power source. Then, remove the drain cap from the filter and loosen the multiport valve to the “waste” or “recirculate” position. Next, open the main drain at the bottom of the pool and allow the water to drain out. Once the water level has dropped significantly, turn on the pump to help remove any remaining water. Finally, close the main drain and replace the drain cap on the filter.
For pools with cartridge filters, begin by shutting off the power to the pump. Then, open all the valves on the filter housing and remove the cartridges. Next, open the main drain at the bottom of the pool and allow the water to drain out. Once the water level has dropped significantly, turn on the pump to help remove any remaining water. Finally, close all valves on the filter housing before turning the power back on to the pump.
How to Best Clean Your Pool Walls After Draining
Once your pool is drained, it’s important to clean the walls well. That will help prevent algae and other contaminants from growing in your pool during the off-season. But what is the best way to clean your pool walls? Here are a few tips.
First, use a garden hose to rinse any loose dirt or debris. Then, use a brush for cleaning pools (you can find these at most hardware stores) to scrub away any tough stains. You may need a power washer, heavy-duty commercial pool cleaner, or vinegar for stubborn stains. Rinse the area thoroughly afterward to avoid damaging the pool surface.
Next, using a vacuum, remove any smaller particles the brush may have missed. Make sure to move slowly and methodically to ensure that all dirt and debris are removed.
Once you brush away all the dirt and grime, it’s time to rinse your pool walls again. Use your hose on full blast to remove any cleaner residue. Then, let your pool walls air dry completely before refilling your pool. These simple steps will help keep your pool sparkling clean all summer.
Draining a pool is not a quick process but knowing how to do it correctly can be a big time saver, and help with the longevity of your pool.
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