Experts say that you should drain your pool every 3 years at most. Although you can put chemicals in your pool to make it safe for swimming, pool water will lose its effectiveness in working with chemicals over time.
If the idea of draining your pool seems like a big task, don’t worry.
It may seem like there is a lot of water to move around, but you won’t have to sit there and monitor it all the time.
All you need is something called a submersible sump pump. This is a device that you can rent from your local hardware store. By draining the pool yourself, you will save at least $ 100 by not hiring a pool service company.
Once you have a pump, connect the pump to the sewage drain hole. There should be several places where you can find these openings. Sewer ports are covered by a round plastic cap and are usually located next to your home.
Connect the hose that came with the pump sump pump to the sewer port. Next, lower the pump to the deepest section of your pool and turn it on. The pump will immediately begin pumping water into the hose and into the sewer port, where the city can reuse it.
It should take several hours to empty the pool. Our pool is 10,500 gallons and took 7 hours. Do not let the pump run overnight because you will want to turn it off when the pool is empty. You don’t want to fry the thing.
When the pool is empty, be sure to fill it as soon as possible. An empty swimming pool could be distorted by the pressure of the surrounding groundwater.
That’s pretty much it. Pretty easy, right?