When heavy rainfall or an acute chemical imbalance requires a reduction in water flow, it is easier for the pump to manually remove the excess from the pool. As long as you have a place to drain the water that is lower than the desired pool water level, a siphon is the easiest method.
Using a submersible pump is the quickest way to drain your pool. It acts like a vacuum to remove water quickly, but you need to monitor it while it’s running. A garden hose siphon is another way to drain water, but it takes much longer.
Draining a pool can take up to 14 hours depending on its size, so drain on a day when you have enough free time. You must be home to check the pool, hoses and pump frequently. Do not run the pump dry, otherwise it may be damaged.
If you’ve ever had to drain your pool, you’ve probably come across a submersible pump. A submersible pump, as the name suggests, works while being completely submerged in water. These high-horsepower pumps safely drain water from swimming pools and spas in particular.
When it comes time to drain your pool, there are two main options that pool owners typically choose from when preparing to drain their above ground pool; an electric pump or garden hose siphon. Any choice will work to drain your pool water. It’s a matter of preference, time and available equipment.
Insert one end of your garden hose into the connector. Run the hose to the back of your house. Attach the other end of the garden hose to a submersible pump and place the hose and pump in the deepest part of your pool, near the drain. The pool will begin to empty.