The end of summer or the onset of winter is a time to send the above ground pool (and we hope you have picked the best above ground pool from us) straight to storage. However, before you pack it in, there is the issue of draining all that water out first. You should know how to drain the above ground pool to make it usable when the warm season is back.

Why drain the above ground pool?

Besides putting the above ground pool in storage, there are other reasons why draining the pool is necessary. For instance, if the pool has a lot of algae in summer months and shocking it just won’t fix the problem, the only option you may have is to drain it. The pool may have more debris than your pool vacuum can handle and can only be cleaned by draining out the water. There are also times when you want to move the pool and you can’t obviously carry it with all that water inside. Whatever the reason for draining your above-ground pool, make sure you do it properly or you may end up damaging the pool. In some cases, the pool’s liner may be damaged when you drain the pool which is why draining should only be done as a last option.

Draining the pool

There are two simple ways of accomplishing this task. You can drain the above ground pool with a pump or do it by using a hose siphon.

The pump method

For this method, you’ll require a medium sized vacuum or water pump. Here is the step by step process:

The hose siphon method

For this method you’ll need one garden hose. You can use more than one garden hose to drain the pool quicker.

It is advised to drain the above ground pool on a day with lots of sunshine to avoid water-logging your compound. You can drain the pool faster by using hoses with larger diameters. You’ll finally have to sweep out the remaining water that couldn’t be drained out by the hose using a plastic broom before you start the drying process. In both methods, clear out the remaining water by dismantling the entire pool to free its liner. Turn over the liner to completely empty the pool.

It is also important to ensure that the pool is completely dry before you fold and put it in storage. This will help to avoid mold forming on it while it’s in storage. Store it in a cool dry place.