How to drain Above Ground Swimming Pool – 3 Simple Steps

The time required to completely drain an above ground swimming pool depends upon the size of the pool. It can somewhere between a few hours to half a day to completely evacuate the water.

As a pool owner, you’ll be also aware that draining the pool is not a difficult task and doing it yourself can save you some decent amount of money. The entire process can be broken down into simple steps that are easy to follow. So, prepare yourself as we start with the process.

3 Steps to Drain an Above Ground Swimming Pool

1. Choose a Draining method

Various methods can help you drain your swimming pool. However, among those, two options are best suited for above ground swimming pools and are typically used by pool owners. The two options are:

  • An electric pump
  • Hose siphon

Both methods can correctly do the job for you. So, you select a one that matches your preference, needs, and resources. However, to make things more clear, here is a brief comparison of the two that can help you make up your mind.

Hose Siphon

Using a hose siphon to drain your pool is a more cheap method. However, it is also slower and more time-consuming as compared to an electric pump. Therefore, you’ll need to keep in mind the time limit and start early if possible.

Also, note that a hose siphon won’t be able to completely drain the pool. You might still be left with a few inches of water. A hose siphon is best needed when you only need to partially drain the pool to fix the chemical imbalance. Under such a scenario, an electric pump can come in handy as it’ll drain the water to complete extent.

Electric Pump

An electric pump is much faster in comparison to the hose siphon and can drain the pool completely. However, do note that using an electric pump can increase your expenses as the pump is expensive indeed and also using it for long hours while waiting to completely drain the pool can add to the electricity bill.

An electric pump is best suited for situations where you need to completely drain the pool to the last drop of water.

Bonus Tips

  • If the goal is to only partially drain the pool, a hose siphon will do the job. You can limit your expenses as there is no need for an electric pump.
  • To save the electricity cost, start with the hose to drain as much possible then finish with an electric pump to drain the remaining water.
  • Using multiple hose siphons instead of one can drain the water faster.

2. Plan where the water will be dumped

Before you start draining the pool, plan where the evacuated water will go. A pool can have thousands of gallon water which can’t be just left loose around the pool especially if the pool is indoor. Therefore, it is vital to figure out a place where all the water will be dumped.

You can leave the water out in the garden or yard if you are certain that the plants will be safe from the water chemicals. Stay wary that the ground should be to a level where flooding can be avoided. Draining the water in gutters is also fine as long as the gutter has enough space to hold all the water and will not pour out.

3. Start the draining process

Let’s hope that so far you’ve made up your mind on which method to use for the remaining process. If you have decided then let’s start draining using each of the methods.

Draining with a hose siphon

  1. Place one end of the hose in the pool completely as to it fills with the water from the pool.
  2. Take the other end of the hose and place it in a ground-level area.
  3. Keep the other end submerged until the water starts pouring out of the pool.
  4. Gradually, the pool will be partially empty while there will be still some water left.

Draining with an electric pump

  1. Place one end of the pump’s pipe deep into the water close to the center of the pool.
  2. First, make sure your hands are dry and then turn on the pump.
  3. Watch the water draining slowly and look out for everything running smoothly.
  4. Turn off the electric pump once the water empties.

If any water remains

Even after completing the whole process properly if some water sill remains in the pool then it can be removed by some conventional methods. You can try one of the following:

  • Sweep the water left into the drain of the pool
  • Use a wet vacuum to suck the remaining water
  • Flip over the liner of the pool to dump the water out

Why drain an Above Ground Swimming Pool?

If you are an owner of a swimming pool, you’ll be aware of the several reasons that could demand completely draining an above ground swimming pool. Here are some common reasons that could ask you to drain the swimming pool of the water.

Replacing the pool liner

Pool liners can be damaged or compromised over time and may need replacement. Or, it could be that you just need a new, more vibrant or different colored liners to enhance the beauty of the pool. Under both conditions, you’ll need to drain the pool of the water completely.

Replacing with fresh water

Adding fresh water to the pool requires removing the old one. Water gets stale if the pool is not closed properly at times.

Fixing chemical imbalance

A swimming pool often faces chemical imbalances and the most severe form of this is the chlorine lock. It is a condition formed when one adds an excessively high amount of stabilizers in the pool. To fix this condition, you’ll need to add fresh water and get rid of the stale one. Thus, draining the pool in must.

Read this guide on chlorine tablets and water test kit to ensure you always have a chemically balanced swimming pool.

Changing the pool’s location

Moving a pool from one location to another, of course, requires the draining of pool. Or else, you can damage the pool if you try to do so. Whether it’s few feet or even kilometers, you’ll need to evacuate all the water.

Storing the pool

If you feel like closing the pool for the winters, always remember to drain the pool.

We hope that you now have ample knowledge on how to drain an above water swimming pool. Happy summer and continue to seek more knowledge at