Whether you are entertaining your guests at home or need to clear your pool for the weekend, draining your pool is both challenging and essential. A dirty pool can lead to sickness and even death so it’s critical that you learn how to do it correctly. Fortunately, it’s not as difficult as you might think and with some careful planning and research, you can avoid many of the problems that come with improperly drained pool water. In this article, we’ll discuss the essential steps you need to follow so you can properly drain and enjoy your pool. Let’s get started.
Clear The Pool
The first thing you need to do is clear the pool of all the debris that has accumulated during the year. This includes sand, plants, toys, empty cans, etc. It’s best to do this once a month with a professional pool cleaner. Depending on the size of your pool, this can be a lengthy process so you might want to plan your pool cleaning in advance.
Drain The Pool
Once you have cleared your pool of debris, it’s time to drain the water. If your pool is above ground, you can either install a pump or let the water exit naturally through the faucet positioned at the base of the pool. However, if your pool is below ground, you will have to install a sump pump to prevent the water from overflowing into your house.
Install The Sump Pump
If you live in an area where there is heavy rain and flooding is a concern, then you should consider getting a sump pump installed. These devices are also known as “catchment pumps” and are designed to capture and retain water that would otherwise overflow from your pool. Installing a sump pump is simple and can be done by anyone with basic carpentry skills. You’ll need to dig a hole in the ground large enough to accommodate the pipe that connects the sump pump to the pool. Once you’ve dug the hole, you can cement it along with the surrounding area to ensure it stays put for years to come.
Connect The Pipes
For those who are familiar with plumbing, connecting the pool drain pipe to the sump pump is relatively easy. You’ll need to thread the connector on the end of the drain pipe and then push it into the hole you’ve already dug. Make sure that the pipe is completely submerged and then wrap the area around it with electrical tape to keep the water from seeping in. Once you’ve done this, you’ll need to tighten the fitting by hand and test it for leaks before connecting the rest of the pipe.
Run The Faucets
The last step in draining your pool is turning on the faucets at the base of the pool. This will release any built up pressure so the water can flow out smoothly. Make sure the faucets are all the way open and allow water to flow until the level in the pool is down approximately 1 inch. Then, you can turn off one faucet at a time so the pool water doesn’t get contaminated by any debris in the area.
Before you know it, that last inch of water will be emptied and you’ll have a completely dry pool. Congratulations! You’ve successfully drained your pool. This ought to feel good. However, don’t be naive and think that everything is OK just because the water is gone. If you want to avoid serious health problems and keep your pool clean, you’ll need to keep up with regular maintenance and cleanings by a professional pool cleaner.