Step by Step - How to Drain the Water Out of Your Swimming Pool

by Pool Builders on 10-14-2009 in Articles

Draining your pool is a major pool maintenance undertaking that shouldn't be done lightly. Before disposing of thousands of gallons of unsanitary water, you should be certain to know what you are doing as to not cause major damage to your home, neighborhood or the environment at large. If you think that it's time to drain your pool but aren't sure how, here are some things to keep in mind.

First, it is important to determine whether or not draining is truly necessary. If your pool only needs major cleaning, then wasting thousands of gallons of water is not only an expensive and harmful step, but likely won't accomplish your goal. In fact, draining pools in general should rarely be needed, and complete drainage is rarer still, often only needed for major lining repairs.

If you're certain that your pool needs to be drained, the next step is to ensure that you have access to the city sewers for your waste water. Draining directly into your yard is a bad idea for many reasons. First, pool chemicals are bad for the environment and will destroy your lawn. Large amounts of water will undermine your decks, patios and even the foundation of your home, causing major structural damage. By contrast, not only do you minimize this when you drain pools into sewage, but you minimize waste by returning the water to the city.

To facilitate this, check if your pool pump has a blue waste hose. If it doesn't then it may still have connections for same, though if it doesn't then you can usually rent necessary pumps from major hardware stores for a reasonable rate. In any case, most quality pumps should feature such a hose, and it may be worth considering replacing yours with one that does. In particular, once the waste hose is inserted into the sewer then it should be considered contaminated and not used for any purpose other than draining into sewage.

Next, find your sewage access port. This is usually located in your front yard, often near a water spigot. Contact a plumber if you cannot locate this. Place one end of the waste hose into this access, connecting the other end to the pump. Next, close the pump's return valves such that water only flows one way. You'll not only be moving water at very high flow rates, but are also connected to a contaminated destination. Backwash from the sewer is not only unsanitary, but can seriously damage your pool and render it unusable without professional help.

When everything is connected, begin pumping. Monitor both ends to ensure that water isn't backing up. If it does, reduce the rate of pumping to let the sewage system keep up with demand. Continue pumping and monitoring progress until the pool is empty.

Draining your pool is a major procedure, with great potential to cause harm to your pool or home. As such, it makes sense to only do so with professional help. A skilled pool maintenance technician can not only increase the likelihood of the process going off without a hitch, but can also help determine if it is even necessary. When draining pools, consider hiring a professional both for your peace of mind and for the quality of your home and yard.

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