How to Drain an Above Ground Pool


It’s not ideal to drain your above-ground pool for the winter and leave it empty, since the sun, wind, and cold might cause your liner to dry and crack.

Unless you want to completely empty your pool instead of closing it for the winter as usual, you should only need to drain it once every few years.

This is wonderful! If none of the situations below apply to you, think carefully before draining your pool.

Reasons to drain an above ground pool

Reasons to drain an above ground pool

There are a few reasons you might have to drain your above ground pool. Maybe summer’s over, and you have to put your above ground pool in storage etc.

You may do it yourself, if you know how. It is typically not necessary to hire an expert.

1. Maintenance

The majority of our pool’s maintenance may be completed with water still in the pool. However, sometimes special care necessitates an empty or mostly empty pool. If you need to repair the foundation of your pool’s frame or liner.

2. To start the season fresh with new water.

If you properly close your pool, you won’t have to worry about this, but you might already know there’s a long procedure for closing your pool for the winter, if you’ve had an above-ground pool for more than a year.

If you want more space in your backyard but don’t have enough room for a pool, drain it, disassemble it, and store it away for the winter. I don’t blame you if you’d rather take that approach. If you decide to drain your pool so that it may be stored for the winter, go ahead and skip down to the next steps.

3. To permanently remove the pool from your yard or to replace it.

4. To fix your pool chemistry.

One of those water problems that chemicals can’t fix is a chlorine lock. In fact, the more chemicals you add, the worse it gets. It’s caused by having too much pool stabilizer in the pool or if the pH levels are out of whack.

The proper chemical balance is so crucial and includes everything from keeping swimmers comfortable with the right pH to ensuring their safety.

If you’ve tried shocking your pool and noticed that the chemicals aren’t working like they used to, but your TDS reading is still high, it’s important to check it at least once a week. If your chemical balance has been neglected for a long time and has become foul to the point of no return, it’s time to start over.

When to Drain Your Above-Ground Pool

When to drain your above ground pool

Although you can drain your above-ground pool without worrying about the long-term damage that inground pools are prone to, it doesn’t imply it’s something you should do. If you must drain your pool, make sure everything on this list is checked first.

1.    You’re prepared for the cost

Remember, you’ll be draining thousands of gallons of water. Make sure you’ve budgeted for the water bill after refilling your pool. It’s never a bad idea to prepare ahead of time before pulling the plug.

2.    You Have the time

To make sure that the water goes where it needs to and nothing unexpected occurs, you’ll need to keep an eye on the draining process. Typically, expect at least a few hours for your pool to drain and finish the maintenance or storage procedure. And filling it back up again.

3.   The weather is playing along

You don’t want the pool to get so hot that your liner, walls, and flooring are destroyed. An empty pool should never be exposed to heat or ice. As a result, while there’s no need to drain your pool during extreme weather, choose a sunny day as far away from a scorcher as possible—and refill or store.

4.    Your Chemical Levels Are in line with regulations

Is it necessary to keep chemical balance while draining the pool? The fact is that your city most likely requires you to drain the water without a high concentration of pool chemicals. Use test strips to verify that your water is more or less neutral before draining it. Contact your local water authority for the exact amounts needed.

5.    You Know Where that Water Will Go

You can use it on your lawn if your water is chemically neutral, If your water still contains chemicals you need a different plan.

The most typical approach is to direct the water into one of your home’s sewage cleanouts, but some cities allow you to drain straight into the street. Other places have strict limitations. It all depends on where you reside.

Options and steps to drain your pool

You basically have two options to drain your pool. With a pump or using the siphon method with a hose.

1. What Pump?

Option A: Medium-size water pump.

I recommend first unplugging its power source from the wall.

Learn how to prime your pool pump. If your circulation system is activated, it will be unable to draw any water through its pipes. Instead, it will pull in air, which your circulation system was not designed to do. Air pulling can cause “running dry,” which might lead to long-term damage at every stage of the process and even the

Unroll the intake hose of the pump and place it in the middle of the pool, then lower it into the water.

Direct the discharge hose so that water does not flood the region but rather drains away from the pool.

Option B: Submersible Pump

If you want to drain your above-ground pool for storage every year, you’ll need a submersible pump—you’ll save more in the long run than if you rent one.

Important that the power cable can reach from the bottom of your pool to your outlet. An extension cord should be avoided. We’re dealing with water and electricity here, so we’d better be careful.

Place the submersible pump on the floor in the middle of your pool. The inner hose will be connected to the submersible pump. Connect the other end of that hose to where you intend to drain your water. Make sure it reaches all the way, or you’ll have a flood on your hands.

Connect the pump’s electric cord to a wall socket and turn on the pump.

Check the pool’s operation on a regular basis and keep an eye on the water level. The procedure can take anywhere from several hours depending on the pool’s size and pump speed.

When the water level becomes too low for the pump to drain it, switch off the pump.

2. The Siphon Method

To drain the pool, you’ll need at least one garden hose. The more hoses you use, the faster the pool will empty. A word of advice: don’t start the siphon process with your mouth, because you might swallow a mouthful of water. Submerge each hose completely in the water to ensure it is fully immersed.

If you’re going to cut your hose, a 6-8 foot length should suffice. Simply submerge the whole hose in the water and then, while covering one end with your hand and swiftly pulling it out of the pool and downward, point it down below the pool surface.

This is best done with two persons since someone else may cover the open end of the hose to prevent water from leaking. You may also clench or crimp the hose with your other hand to keep the water in.

The water should now flow through the hose after you’ve removed any clamp or cover over the end and lowered the hose to the ground.

3.  Start Draining, the waiting game…

Please have a seat. This stage is the longest of them all. You’ll want to stay for this part, no matter how long it takes. Keep an eye on the hose and any other cords to make sure they’re functioning properly and avoid flooding.

4.  Power Off and Remove the Submersible Pump

Turn off the submersible pump and remove it when the water level is low enough that it isn’t pushing the water out of your pool. This puddle is quite common; it’s unusual for a pool owner to have to drain every drop of water. If you’re draining your pool to correct its chemical balance,

5. Remove the remaining water

This step is only for complete drainage when you need to replace your liner.

The fastest way is to do it with a pump, wet/dry vac, or buckets or other containers until the container is empty enough to handle.

Remove the remaining water from each by opening the drain plug or dismantling the pool until you can free the liner for all methods. Turn over the liner to empty the pool, or simply sweep out the water.

Some water will probably be difficult to remove in the process, so just make sure you let it dry out pretty well before storage so you can prevent mold from forming.


Well done! You have successfully Drained Your Pool…What Next?

This depends on whether you are overwintering the pool or doing maintenance or simply replacing it with new water.

If you are overwintering the pool:

Dry the Liner

You don’t want to keep a moist liner unless you enjoy mold and algae. Using an ancient-fashioned leaf blower is the quickest and simplest method to dry it. Then use a towel or 15 to wipe it down. Then leave it in the shade to air dry. Don’t leave it in the sun for too long, or it will get

Store the Liner and Pool Frame

Once the liner has dried, have a buddy help you lay it on a soft surface in your yard, such as grass. Avoid hard surfaces like concrete and jagged rocks. Then, fold the liner into an orderly and transportable square with care. It should stay dry and protected over the winter by keeping it in a big container with a lid inside

When it comes to deconstructing the pool frame, things can get quite complicated. The most I can tell you is to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for your pool and then store it in a dry, clean place inside.

If you’ve drained your pool to correct its chemical equilibrium or do maintenance, it’s critical that you refill it as soon as feasible so the sun, debris, and exposure don’t cause any damage.

How to Refill an Above-Ground Pool—In Three Steps

Refill an Above Ground Pool


Whether you emptied it partially or completely, the instructions for refilling an above-ground pool are identical. In the end, a swimming pool is intended to be full of water. Restoring your chemical equilibrium will be the most difficult aspect of this operation, despite the fact that it will take roughly as long to refill the pool as it did to drain

1.    Just Add Water 

This step might take the longest because it involves draining. This is another area where you’ll want to keep an eye on things to make sure they’re all going in the right direction. Fill your pool with one, two, three, or however many garden hoses you choose. If your water source has a lot of iron in it, install a hose filter to keep your pool clean.

2.    Turn on Your Pool Pump

Finally, the pump is prepared to be restarted. To make the most of this newfound water, proceed directly to this next step.

3.    Nail Down Your Chemical Balance

To refill your pool, just like when you open it for the summer, start with a clean slate—which in this case, you really are. The hardest aspect of refilling your pool is over, but sparkling, secure water will soon be yours. If you have trouble avoiding algae growths, add a dose of algaecide to get


Get to the bottom line…(Pun intended)

Emptying your above-ground pool is a simple task.

If you are draining your pool for maintenance, such as correcting a water imbalance or replacing the pool liner, do so only if it is absolutely necessary. You want to refill it as soon as possible once you’ve drained it.

You should also drain and fold up the liner and store the pool frame as soon as possible after draining, before bad weather sets in. This post will teach you how to do it.

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