How to Remove Water from Swimming Pool

As a pool owner, you know that draining the pool water from time to time is a necessary step. There are various reasons pool maintenance may be necessary, including water replacement, repairs, and liner replacement. It’s crucial to address any issues promptly to avoid pool damage. The guide below should be a great starting point for any pool drainage.

Why You Should Drain A Swimming Pool?

The reasons behind one’s pool drainage can vary. For example, deep cleaning, like acid washing, has to be done on an empty pool. The same goes for any repairs that can’t be done underwater. This is because, over time, the chemicals used for water cleaning tend to build up and create particles known as total dissolved solids (TDS). While they are not dangerous, the bigger their presence, the higher the number of chemicals needed for balancing the water.

Water Chemicals

When to Drain a Pool

When it comes to this question, the simple answer is that it is all up to you. There are just a couple of things you want to remember before proceeding with it. An important one is the weather. As pool liners should not be directly exposed to sunlight (with no water in the pool) due to the damage UV rays and heat can inflict, aim for days with shorter sunlight hours and cooler temperatures. Furthermore, remember that pools are designed so the weight of the water can hold them in the ground, as when empty, their displacement is easier. With that in mind, you want to wait not just for moderate temperatures but for dry days as well.

Methods for Draining Swimming Pool Water

Pump Pool Drain

There are a few steps you should follow when draining your pool with a pump. First, position the pump’s intake hose as close as possible to the pool’s center. Once the pump’s outlet hose is placed on level ground, away from your property, turn on the pump. Before leaving it unattended, check if the pool’s water level is dropping (and, of course, perform this check periodically). Once the remaining water is in the range of 6-12 inches deep, turn off the equipment.

Water Drain Pool Pump

Pool Hose Drain

Draining a swimming pool with a hose is a cheaper but slower way to do it. You position one end of the hose underwater and the other away from the pool on level ground. Just like with the electric pump process, you want to check if the water starts siphoning out. Plus, once the water level is 6-12 inches deep, the hose.

Pool Draining Hose

How Much Does It Cost to Drain a Pool?

The cost of the pool drainage process will vary from the size of the pool, i.e. the amount of water it uses, and the price per gallon of water you currently pay. While there are some pool calculators you can use for this, you should expect a hefty water bill the month this process is done. And this is because In the US for example, there is an estimation that an individual is using 80-100 gallons of water per day. When you add to that, on average, the 18,000 to 20,000 gallons of water needed for the pool, you immediately know what to expect.

Draining your pool properly is crucial to proper pool care, regardless of its type. Initially, the process might seem daunting, but it can become much more manageable with a few repetitions. But even if you have doubts the first couple of times, professional teams like the one at Custom Pool Pros would happily assist you every step of the way. All you will need to do is decide what you want to do once the pool is empty, something for which Custom Pool Pros can be of help as well.

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