Tips for a Danger-Free Pool Draining Operation

Surely you’re aware that pools, regardless of their type, shouldn’t be drained too often. But there are those inevitable moments when they do require to be emptied. While this process might seem easy at first, it requires lots of preparation in order to be successful. Regardless of your experience, whether you are an old-timer in pool care or a new owner, take into consideration the tips and advice we will provide in this article to ensure a danger-free draining operation.

Why Engage in Pool Draining?

Although the golden rule of pool maintenance explicitly advises against draining them, there are some circumstances in which, to preserve them, they need to be drained.

  • Cleaning necessities – this type of cleaning is different than the regular, daily, or weekly upkeep. That upkeep is easily done manually or automatically with a robot, whereas the level of cleaning which requires draining is something that can’t be achieved in any other way. Metal stains and calcium buildups are hard to get rid of, and most often than not, they need treatment with acid wash. For this to happen, no water should remain in the pool.
  • Repairs – with years the integrity of the basin shell can deteriorate. This is when repairs are going to be a reason to drain your pool. Cracked tiles, ruined plaster, or any other type of lining deterioration requires immediate repairs. Otherwise, it might ruin the pool and its systems altogether.
  • Repainting – as the time goes by, and the pool is exposed more and more to direct sun rays, the paining and colors will fade away. It is important to repaint it and breathe new life into its colors, not only for aesthetic reasons but also for safety. Paint acts as a shield between the shell and the chemicals in the water, bearing the brunt water chemicals and preserving the shells integrity.
  • Change the water – this action isn’t to be performed regularly, but only once every few years. As you utilize more and more chemicals to preserve the water balance, some particles will remain in the water. These are known as TDS numbers, and when their level reaches high numbers – 2000-2500 ppm, its high time to change the water and refill the basin with fresh one.

Try to combine more than one task while performing the draining operation. It will save you time, money, and resources.

Water Disposal


Once you’ve decided you wish to drain your pool, it’s time to plan the next move – where will the entire water body go to? Your backyard won’t be able to handle the thousands of gallons your pool contains, and it is not an environmentally friendly idea either. So you shouldn’t even consider it as a viable solution. Instead, you can try the following:

  • Contact the local authorities and ask if you can drain your pool in the storm drains. Those are meant to be able to hold a large amount of water, so, depending on the state regulations, you might be allowed to use them.
  • If the line is not long enough to reach the street, another location where you can drain it is the sewer cleanout from your house. But this process will also require the authorities permission, otherwise, you might end up creating an environmental problem.
  • Last but not least, don’t shy away from asking professional help.

Although you might be tempted to believe that weather has nothing to do with pool draining, you’re wrong. Rain is a major obstacle in your way, and you shouldn’t overlook it. If it has rained quite a lot, let the humidity evaporate before you decide to proceed further. Give it a few more days, and wait for the earth to become solid again.

However, if the weather is too hot, it will also put a stop to your plans, as strong direct sunrays will affect the pool shell if you leave it out of water. Wait for a sunny day, with mild temperature before you attempt to remove the water, otherwise, the repair costs will go up.

How to Pool-Drain

Basins placed into the soil, are a bit difficult to drain than their counterparts, but both require an additional piece of gear – a submersible pump. Although you might be tempted to utilize the already existing pool pump and filter, don’t. Never use the pool’s pump to drain it! Once the water has passed the evacuation spots, the pump will only vacuum air, resulting in a faulty operation. This is where a submersible pump shines, as it can be directly inserted into the water, and will cause no damage to the pool’s system.

  1. Turn off the pump, filter, and skimmer. Also, ensure all the connections between the systems and the pool are closed.
  2. Place the submersible pump into the pool, and turn it on. Never leave the pool ground as it works, and always keep an eye on its activity.
  3. Drain it up until the water level matches the task you’re going to perform
  4. Quickly perform the task required, and check for any cracks or fissures in the shell.
  5. Fill it back up and, once the water level has reached the optimum level, turn back on the systems.
  6. Test the water and begin its balance

Depending on the action you need to take, you might not have to drain it completely. However, if floor-level repairs are due, the entire water body should be removed.

Final Thoughts

All in all, draining your pool by yourself is not such a difficult task to perform as long as you take into account all the steps you have to follow to ensure it is successful. Find the best timing to perform this action, ask for permission from the authorities regarding the evacuation location, and try as much as possible, to cumulate the tasks. This will save you time and will prevent the basin from getting damaged.

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