It is summer, and it is hot. Water is one of our best allies to fight heat; the water from the beaches and swimming pools, especially. At home, whether with a built-in, above-ground, or inflatable pool, it is sometimes difficult to maintain the good state of the water, and the filter doesn’t help all the time.
If the water in the pool is dirty, winter is coming, or you need to replace some components, you may need to pump water out of the pool. In this article, we’ll see how to pump water out of the pool and what kind of pump to drain the pool.
Emptying the Water With the Filter Pump
In the case of some constructed pools, their structure usually has a drainage mechanism. So, simply opening the tap will be enough for the pool to drain.
One of the most common options is the use of the filter pump. To use this, check that the pump shaft rotates well.
Then, close the tap of the cleaner and the skimmer (that is, the suction ports that the pools have so that the water is filtered correctly). Subsequently, the filter is placed in the drain position, and the motor shaft must be unlocked since the pool needs to empty.
Using a Submersible Pump
If the pool does not have a filter pump, it can also be emptied using a suitable water drain pump for the pool – a submersible pump is the best for this. This type of pump usually has a hose connected to the pump and, at the other end, is where the water will come out.
Emptying the Water Without a Pump
In addition to the pumps to filter and drain the pool of water, other alternatives make pumping water out of the pool possible. One option is to take, if you have one, an irrigation hose and submerge it in the pool to empty the water.
Next, you have to cover one of the ends of the hose with one hand so that air does not enter.
Take the hose to the place where you want the water to be emptied. You have to make sure that it is on a slope. Pool water can also be drained down the home’s sewer line. If it has been long since you last chlorinated the pool water, you can drain the water to the yard. Freshly chlorinated pool water must not be emptied into the yard. It’s best to test the chlorine content and see it measures below 0.1 parts per million before you can empty it to the yard.
To drain the water, remove the hand from the other end of the drain hose.
Emptying the Pool with a Basin
Perhaps one of the most classic ways of emptying a pool, but one that involves much more work is to gradually remove the water with basins. This option is much more possible when you have a small Intex pool or an inflatable pool.
Cases in Which the Pool Can Be Emptied
As we have already mentioned, it is not prudent to empty the pool indiscriminately because it can damage the structure. If possible, it is also always better to retain the water, from a water bill point of view.
If you can leave the water there, you will save money. And, above all, it is advisable to keep the pool covered when you are not using it. This ensures debris and dust will not get into the pool water, dirtying it more frequently.
When Is It Best to Empty the Pool?
The only time it’s best to empty the pool water is:
- If it needs to be repaired
- The water is very dirty, and there are floating and settled debris
- There is too much water in the pool after a rainfall
- A very freezing winter is coming
- Your house is in an area with a high water table. In this case, it is best to seek the help of a professional to remove the excess water.
There Are Many Ways to Drain a Pool!
You have to drain water out of the pool when the water is very dirty, a freezing winter is coming, or a part needs to be repaired. Filter pumps are the fastest methods but can also be emptied with a submersible pool pump or well pump. Emptying a pool also has its risks: unless the circumstance is essential, it is better to leave the water because, without water, its structure can be damaged.
As for the proposed methods, all can be used in rigid pools, but in the case of inflatable or removable pools, not all methods of pool drainage work. However, it is possible to use filters or submersible pumps to pump out water from some above-ground pools.