3 Important Steps for Draining an In-Ground Swimming Pool

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If you have an in-ground swimming pool that needs to be drained in order to replace the liner, there are several considerations that you must keep in mind. You can't simply siphon the water out with an average garden hose. And taking the water out bucket by bucket will take forever. When you don't have time to waste, keep reading this article to learn the quickest and easiest way to drain an in-ground swimming pool.

Check the Pool Water

Before you start pumping out the water in your pool, you have to make sure the water doesn't have high amounts of chlorine that will damage animals and the surrounding environment. The chlorine or Baquacil should be as close to 0.00 ppm as possible. Also, the pH level of the pool water should be between 7.2–7.8.

Create a Plan for Water Disposal

You can't just let the pool water run down the side of the road when you pump it out of the pool. You also can't pump the water into streams, creeks, ponds, and rivers, to prevent harm to wildlife and watershed. You also want to make sure excessive amounts of pool water doesn't get on small trees, brush, and other vegetation, because it will kill these plants and enter the watershed. Most cities and towns have laws in place regarding pool drainage. Check with your municipality to find out the laws in your area.

The best way to dispose of the water that's pumped out of your pool is to send it directly into the sewer system. This will allow the water to be treated and re-used without harming plants and animals.

Pump the Water Out

Visit your local construction equipment rental company and ask for an industrial water pump. Following the manufacturer's instructions, hook up the water pump and put the hose into the pool. Keep an eye on the pump. As the water gets low, you may have to move the pump to a dry spot the shallow end in order to successfully remove all the water from the deep end.

Also watch the pump for clogs, because if there is a lot of debris and muck in the pool, it will probably cause the pump to stop working. It is best to leave a small amount of water at the bottom of the pool with the debris floating on top, instead of risking a clogged water pump. That small amount of water will eventually evaporate and the debris will dry out, making it much easier to clean up.

After the pool is drained, you can then replace the liner. It is important to fill the pool back up as quickly as possible after installing the new liner, because direct sunlight can heat up the liner and cause it to expand. You'll end up with wrinkles in your liner that you won't be able to smooth out. A swimming pool liner replacement provider can help if this happens. 

If you have any questions about draining your pool to replace the liner, contact your local pool service. Or, if you prefer to leave this task to the professionals, your local pool service will be happy to help you.