How to Drain an Above Ground Pool – Easy Method

We take extraordinary measures to preserve the water and avoid the nightmare of draining our pools. 

Unfortunately, whether for health reasons, winterizing your pool or general maintenance and repairs, the day will come when we must drain our pools. 

It’s not a fun process, but it doesn’t have to be a weekend long burden either.  With a few tips, you can reduce the time it takes and even improve the efficiency of the process. 

Here’s how to drain an above ground pool, the easy way. 

how to drain an above ground pool

Do Your Research First

As you can imagine, above ground pools hold a significant amount of water.  Where will it all go? 

That will, in part, be limited by local mandates regarding where you may release such an excess amount of water.  Local governments, HOAs, and even neighbors will get some say in this. 

After all, you don’t want to flood your neighbor’s lawn or send 10000+ gallons of pool water into a nearby stream.  So, do a little research, some planning and know exactly where that water is going before you get started. 

Do Some Planning

Next, do a little planning.  It’s usually best if you can check the pool’s progress as its draining. 

That way, if your hose becomes clogged, the released water begins causing unexpected damage or something comes loss and water begins spilling around the pool, you can take control. 

If you do feel confident about leaving it alone, still take care to ensure that your hose is of sufficient length and properly directed before releasing water. 

Also, check the weather. Sunshine evaporates water faster, whereas rain will, for obvious reasons, slow the draining of your pool.

Avoid the Plug

First, if your pool has a drain plug, don’t use it unless you really know what you’re doing.  This could quickly cause erosion in your yard and especially around the pool. 

The effects won’t always be noticeable until portions of the pool begin caving in.  That’s why most pools don’t have one; they require a little expertise. 

Pumping the Water Out

There are actually a few different ways to drain your pool.  One of the easiest is to use a submersible pump.  

These tend to be simple enough to use.  However, each one operates somewhat differently. 

Check the owner’s manual for proper operation.  And while you’re at it, check its maximum capacity and determine whether or not your pool exceeds it. 

We also found the helpful video below which demonstrates how to drain an above ground pool. 

Siphoning Pool Water

Another is the classic siphoning method.  Though it’s one of the most frequently used (and cheapest) methods, newer technologies are rendering it antiquated.  Even so, it’s fairly simple to implement. 

Granted, you could use your mouth the true old fashion way, but this really isn’t necessary.  Instead, try turning the water while the hose is still connected.

Yes, a small amount will enter back into the pool, but if you disconnect it very quickly after a brief moment, the suction should reverse, drawing water out of the pool. 

Even if it takes you a few tries, it’s likely still faster than attempting to create the suction by mouth.  Also, ensure that the hose remains lower than the pool (or as much lower as you can possibly get it).

Eventually, you’ll reach the point where water remains that can’t be siphoned out.  At this point, it’s safe to use the drain plug if the pool has one. 

You’ll need to churn water in its direction, a task usually best left to a plastic broom.  If your pool doesn’t have a plug, it’s time to get a little creative. 

You can use a shop vac or even allow evaporation to run its course.  Just be sure to clean the pool’s interior thoroughly and inspect for any damage before refilling it with fresh water. 

Howstuffworks mentions this siphoning method in their article on how to drain an above ground pool as an option also. 

So that wraps things up and you should now have a good idea of how to drain your pool. 

We hope this article has been helpful to you, please leave a comment below and we will respond shortly. 

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