Drain an Above-Ground Pool with Ease

Need to drain your above-ground? Whether the reason is that you have to replace the liner, have a nasty pool that needs cleaning, didn’t winterize correctly, or you need to change the entire pool, you have to know how to drain your pool with ease.


Note that you have two options here. The first one is to use a small electric pump which you can submerge in the pool. The second is to use a hose to draw the water out. Both of these techniques require a hose that’s enough to be stretched away from where your pool is located. We suggested these two methods because if you use the drain plug in your pool, the water will cause the ground under the pool to be washed away, causing your pool to cave in. This isn’t good for the pool’s frame because it can get damaged in the process. To drain efficiently and safely, follow the tips below.

Using a pump

Pump Industrial Water Pump Technology IndustryA submersible pump should get all the water out and will reduce the amount of sweeping to be done. Your garden hose should leave around four to five inches of water (more of this later), which is why you need a small electric pump. A bit of warning, though: It will upsurge your electricity bill, but so long as it’s small, the bill would be bearable.

An empty above-ground pool (or as little as one-fourth filled) plus a liner exposed on a hot sunny day could cause the liner to shrink because of the heat. So, after draining your pool, store it where it isn’t directly exposed to Mr. Sun. Bear in mind that empty pools tend to collapse in bad weather or high winds as well, so you ought to store them at once.

Using a hose

If you want the garden hose method, you should first drain about five inches of water for every hour. Because this process takes a lot of time, be sure you are patient enough and not that busy before you begin the draining procedure. This method should be done when the sun’s shining. Although you could drain on a cloudy day, it’s not advisable.

To get the water out of the pool quicker, use a large hose instead of a thin one. To pull the water out, just fix the hose to your faucet, turn on the water, then let it run into your pool for a brief time. Afterwards, quickly remove the end of the hose from the faucet while you’re keeping it low to the ground. Note that it must be lower than your above-ground pool. By this time, you’ll notice that the water is beginning to flow back.


Really, the magic is only possible if you swiftly moved that one end of the hose where you wish the water to flow.

As you’re vacuuming the water out of your pool and get the water down to around 10 inches, you can start using the hose to remove the debris from the pool. The lower the pool water gets, the lower you’ll have to keep the drain hose. Remember that it should be lower than your pool. Otherwise, it won’t flow out of the hose.

Using this method requires a plastic broom so that you can sweep away the remaining water. That’s because this technique will leave four to five inches of water in the pool. Don’t forget to dry out the pool entirely before storing it.