How to drain an above ground pool

Above ground pool

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When winter is coming and it is freezing everywhere, it’s about time you need to drain your above ground pool. This will keep the water from freezing and damaging your pool. However, not many people know how to do this task correctly. That’s why we are here today. In this article, we will show you how to safely drain your pool so that you can use it again next year.

The reason

The reason

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To prevent the water from damaging your pool is one reason; another is to replace the water with new one. During the summer, there can be a lot of algae or debris in the pool that simply shocking the pool will have no impact at all. In addition, it could be that you need to relocate your swimming pool or any other personal reasons. The thing here is that if you do not let the water out properly, you can do some serious damage to the pool. You should only drain your pool only when you have no other option.

Enough with the reasons, now let’s get to how you can get it drained.

First, the time

The time

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The ideal time for doing this should be your day off and when the sun is shining. You are going to need a lot of time to do this because of the sheer amount of water to get rid of. A sunny day will speed up the process for you, saving you valuable time for other activities.

Next is the way to do it.

Garden hose

If you want a cheap and readily available way, do this. Common sense will tell you to use your mouth and suck the water out and then the water will automatically come out thanks to physics. You don’t have to do it, it’s dangerous and unhygienic. A better way to do it is to attach the hose to a faucet, open it to let the water into the pool for just a short period of time. Then you have to remove the hose quickly and let it lay low on the ground (lower than the pool). Siphon will handle the rest.

Electric pump

Electric pump

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A much faster and more expensive method to do so, in comparison with the other method. However, if your time is precious and you have the capital, go ahead and use this one.

No matter which method you use, keep in mind the followings:

  • Make sure that your hose can stretch far away from where you set up your pool.
  • As the water level keeps decreasing to about 12 inches, you can start removing debris in the pool
  • For garden hose method, as the water level gets lower and lower, remember to keep your hose below the water line.
  • When only a little water remains, use a plastic broom to sweep the water towards the drain to get it done quickly

Drying process

Drying process

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When almost all of the water is out and only a few droplets remain, you can begin the drying process. You can let it dry naturally under the intense heat of the sun or you can manually speed up the process.

You can use either a shop vacuum, which is extremely effective even in winter, or you can use some large towels. Either way, make sure that your pool is 100% dry before folding it and storing it away. This is to keep mold from forming and destroying your pool.

That is all you need to know regarding this matter. By following this, you are guaranteed to have the best above ground pool among all your friends. If you want to know more about this subject, don’t hesitate to visit our website.

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