How to Drain a Swimming Pool's Water


If your swimming pool does not have a built in drain in the bottom that drains the pool water into the sewer system you must use alternative methods if you plan to drain your pool for the winter season or for maintenance. The process is relatively straightforward and will require the use of a pump. You can rent a pump from most pool supply retail locations or home improvement retail locations.

Things You'll Need

  • Waste pump
  • Place a waste pump outside the pool uphill from the location where you will pump the water. This will prevent getting the pump wet.

  • Secure the water inlet hose to the inlet port, then connect the water outlet hose to the outlet port on the pump.

  • Place the water inlet hose in the poll so it lies against the bottom of the liner. Position the water outlet pipe on the ground. If you have a leach bed, aim the hose away from the leach bed. The chlorine in the water could damage the ecosystem in the leach bed.

  • Turn on the pump and run it until the pool runs out of water.

Tips & Warnings

  • Angle the outlet hose away from your home as well.
  • If your pool has a vinyl liner do not leave the pool empty for more than a few hours. The liner will dry out, crack and shrink if exposed to the sun and dry air for too long. If you have a concrete or gunite pool, you can leave them empty for a long time.

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