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How to empty your pool – Step by step guide

Experts say that you should empty your pool every 3 years at most. Although you can put chemicals in your pool to make it safe to swim in, pool water will lose its effectiveness in working with chemicals over time.

If the thought of draining your pool sounds like a big chore, don’t worry.

It may seem like a lot of water to move, but you won’t have to sit there and monitor it all the time.

All you need is something called a submersible sump pump. This is a device that you can rent at your local hardware store. By draining the pool yourself, you will save at least $100 by not hiring a pool service company.

Once you have a pump, connect it to your sewage drain hole. There should be several places where you can find these openings. Sewer ports are covered by a round plastic cap and are usually located next to your house.

Connect the hose that came with the sump pump from the pump to the sewer port. Then lower the pump into the deepest section of your pool and turn it on. The pump will immediately begin pumping water into the hose and sewer port where the city can reuse it.

It should take several hours to drain your pool. Our pool is 10,500 gallons and it took 7 hours. Don’t let the pump run overnight because you’ll want to turn it off when the pool is empty. You don’t want to fry the thing.

When the pool is empty, be sure to fill it up as soon as you can. An empty pool could be distorted by the pressure of the groundwater surrounding the pool.

That is practically all. Pretty easy, right?

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