While it is extremely rare to drain an in-ground pool, it is much more common to drain an above-ground pool, whether tubular or freestanding. Especially when the good weather arrives so that it is ready for the summer season.
Why Drain An Above Ground Pool
Even if it is not essential, many owners of above-ground swimming pools prefer to proceed with the complete draining of the pool to prepare it for the summer season. Other reasons, however, may lead them to do so. This is particularly the case if the swimming pool, of small capacity, does not have a filtration system. Instead of chemical treatment, regular water renewal, which is less costly and less polluting, is preferable. Another cause that can lead to draining your above-ground pool is if it is incorrectly installed or want to move it.
On the other hand, in many other cases, draining is not obligatory. Pool water can be recoverable thanks to shock treatment. Likewise, it is quite possible to repair a leak in the liner. All you need is an underwater repair kit.
Draining several thousand liters of water in nature, whether it is directly in your garden or the sewers, is not trivial.
If you are doing this directly in your garden, then make sure the soil can absorb the amount of water. Otherwise and if there should be a flood, you would be held responsible. You should then reimburse the damage, especially those caused to your neighborhood. To minimize the risks, carry out the operation in the first sunny days when the soil is no longer full of water and is not too dry.
Precautions To Take Before Draining An Above Ground Pool
Before draining water from your above ground pool into the sewers or the garden, rid it of any pollutants. To do this, stop all chemical treatments at least 7 days or even 2 weeks before draining.
Self-supporting or tubular, an above-ground swimming pool does not drain without taking a certain number of precautions, under penalty of damaging the structure or the pool. If it is a freestanding swimming pool, above all, do not deflate the upper flange otherwise, you will see a tidal wave spilling in a few seconds!
Once drained, do not leave the pool in the sun for too long. The heat could damage the liner. If you have to bend the latter, dry it first, otherwise mold will develop.
To avoid wasting water, consider watering your garden with it, or storing part of it in a rainwater collection tank.
How To Drain An Above Ground Pool With A Garden Hose
To drain your above-ground, tubular, or freestanding swimming pool, nothing very complicated. Get a garden hose long enough to connect the bottom of the pool to the place where you want the water to drain (garden or sewer). Suck the air in the hose with your mouth until the water comes out. Then let the phenomenon of water aspiration by the air take place. For more speed, you can use several pipes simultaneously.
If your above-ground pool has a drain plug, connect it to the hose with the adapter provided and proceed as above.
How To Drain An Above Ground Pool With A Pump
Using a submersible electric pump to drain your above-ground pool can save you considerable time. In less than 3 hours, your pool will be drained and dry.
A submersible electric pump is designed to move water at a much faster rate compared to a garden hose, and it will also drain your pool almost entirely. The downside to this approach is that not only do you need to invest in an electric pool pump, but you’ll also pay more on your electricity bill, especially if you’re using a pump for the whole process.
Take the electric pump and submerge it into the water and make sure that the pump is on the bottom of the pool. also, make sure that the outlet hose of the pump is positioned outside the pool to where you want the water to drain. The electric pump pumps a lot faster than the garden hose does. Plug the electricity cable in and switch it on. It now will drain the whole pool. When the pump is in the pool no person must be swimming nor in the water for any reason. You don’t want anybody to be electrocuted if the is a malfunction with the electric pump.
Finally, if a few liters remain at the bottom of the pool, you can use a wet vacuum.
Apart from a few precautions to take, draining your above-ground pool is not very complicated. However, if you do not have a sewer system or if your garden does not have the capacity to absorb several cubic meters of water, then turn to a professional for the draining of your pool.