Draining Your Pool After Heavy Rain
Depending on your location in the country, during the winter months it’s possible that from December through March you’ll be pelted with torrential downpours, snowstorms, etc. In some cases it’s possible to accumulate several inches of rain in just a few hours. We frequently get asked the same question from distressed homeowners seeking a solution on how to properly drain their inground pool after a strong storm and heavy rains and stay ahead of any problems created by the weather. It’s important to know what to do when a storm is approaching and how to secure your pool after a storm to avoid costly damage.
Expert Advice: Don’t Completely Drain Your Pool, You Should Leave That To A Professional
Draining your pool is a difficult and daunting process for homeowners to do properly. This is why Premier Pools & Spas recommends that you leave that to the professionals. There are a number of drawbacks that can happen if you improperly drain your pool. With concrete and gunite pools, it’s susceptible to popping out of the ground if drainage is not done properly. Vinyl lined inground pools are the most vulnerable to ripping or tearing. Depending on the condition of the pool, leaving it empty for too long can cause drying or cracking from the sun or can even cause the pool to collapse.
How Do I Drain My Swimming Pool?
You can lower the water level in the swimming pool to keep proper skimming action and avoid contamination from planters and deck area flooding into the pool. For inground pools with a sand or DE filter, the easiest way to quickly lower the water level in your pool is to place the multiport valve into the waste position and roll out the backwash hose. If instead, you have a slide (push-valve), backwash the filter to lower the water level.
Some swimming pools have a hose spigot plumbed after the pool pump, or on the valve of the filter, which you can connect a garden hose to in order to lower the water level in your swimming pool. Another option is to use a submersible pump also known as a pool cover pump in order to keep the pool water level from overflowing.
Last is the siphon method works with a pool vacuum hose. Fill it with water and then attach a vac head or use something heavy in order to hold the hose on the first step of the pool or your swim out. Cap the other end of your vacuum hose with your palm and pull the hose away quickly from the pool and a couple of feet below the level of the pool water. At ground level, uncap the hose and let the water flow.