I was going through my garage with my friend when we discovered a locker that we had stored our swimming pool in. He mentioned to me how we had to hire someone to help him come drain his pool because he could not figure out a way to do it himself.
This quickly took me back to the hours of research that I needed in order to learn how to properly drain my pool without causing any damage to my Coleman swimming pool.
This experience made me decide to share what I had learned over time as it would seem that it is a real struggle for people to figure out safe ways of draining their swimming pools. I will be sharing the knowledge I’ve gained from hands-on experience and hours of research below.
There are three major techniques to draining a Coleman swimming pool.
- Use the main drain
- Use a sump pump to remove water from the pool
- Siphon the water from the pool with a hose.
How Do I Drain Water From My Pool?
Do you need to get different maintenance work done on your pool or is it that time to wrap it up? You know empty your pool before packing it up for storage? Whatever your reason for needing to drain your swimming pool might be, there are three safe, easy and effective ways to get the job done.
Draining water from your Coleman swimming pool has never been easier all thanks to the amazing technology that the new models of the Coleman swimming pool come with. Almost all pool maintenance activities such as changing of the pool liner requires you to empty your swimming pool.
This usually leave pool owners with the dilemma of figuring out a safe and efficient method of draining water from their pool. I have been there myself and I hope sharing my experience with you will be helpful to pool owners that might be tackling a similar challenge.
The first method of draining water from your pool takes advantage of a technology that the Coleman above ground pool has installed in it.
Coleman above ground pools come with a drain plug installed in them, this device is usually installed close to the base of the swimming pool and is used to help drain pool water.
You only need to attach a hose to the device, turn it open and then turn on the pool vacuum, pool filter and pump make sure to set your pool filter to rinse or reverse.
You also want to make sure that the hose is laid properly so that the water from the pool can drain into a legal drainage channel. Ensure that all hoses are firmly fitted. Leave the pump on and allow the water to continue to drain out.
The second method of draining your pool is to make use of a sump pump. Set the pump up properly and make sure water being released from the pool is drained true legal drainage channels.
This helps to prevent your compound from being flooded by the pool water.
It also prevents the water being drained from your pool to flow into other compounds around you. Sump pumps might be quite pricey so I recommend hiring one over an outright purchase.
You can hire one overnight to pump out the pool water as the process will take a few hours to complete.
The third way if draining your pool is by siphoning the water off. Remember how you used to make use of a hose to transfer liquid content from cans to other cans and closed containers? This follows exactly the same principles.
You simply start the process by gently sucking on one end of a hose while the other end of the hose is in the swimming pool.
The water in the pool then starts to make its way through the hose and out the other end you had sucked on. You should stop sucking when you feel the water approaching the end of the hose you are sucking on.
This works in accordance with scientific laws of high concentration. This method does not require any special equipment or pool facilities.
The only needed item is a hose that is long enough to reach a proper drainage channel from your swimming pool. It should be noted that while this method might the easiest and cheapest, it is also the slowest of the three methods.
It would also fail to entirely empty the swimming pool as you would definitely have some water left behind after many hours of draining. This is because the rate at which the water is drained reduces as the quantity of the water in the pool reduces.
What Is The Best Method For Draining My Pool?
The best method for draining your Coleman swimming pool is using the drain plug. It is a safe and effective method of draining the swimming pool.
The first method though might be a little technical but comes at no extra cost as it is usually built into the swimming pool. The second method is easy to install and use but comes at an extra cost of purchasing or hiring a sump pump, this means added expenses.
The third method is the easiest if and a cheaper alternative to the second method. This method would have been perfect but it sacrifices cost and technical difficulty for speed. It is the slowest of all the three methods. The best method is therefore the most convenient one for you.
The three methods of draining the pool discussed all have their peculiarities in cost implications and completion time, a con they all however have in common is that none of them will completely empty the pool water. There will always be some water left in the pool.
This means that after you’ve used whatever method you decide on, you might need to follow up with getting into the pool to scoop out what water might be left in there. You can also use a piece of cloth to mop up and wring out the water that’s left.
After this process is completed, you then proceed to executing your reason for draining the swimming pool. I will advice that you leave the pool in the sun to completely dry up if your reason for draining the pool water is to pack up and store your pool.
Should I hire a professional pool draining service?
Draining the swimming pool can be very tricky business. Expertise and special equipment may be required to get the job done.
Average pool owners do have the knowledge or expertise required to safely drain a swimming pool. This then calls for risk management, especially when we consider that it is easy to damage a swimming pool during the draining process.
This situation can be resolved by hiring experts who render professional pool draining services. These professionals use their expertise and experience to make sure that the scare of damage to the swimming pool is reduced to the minimum. They also make sure that the job is completed efficiently within a record time.
These pool draining services save pool owners time, stress and extra cost that you may incur from needing to repair a damaged pool. Some pool draining services even run money-back packages in the event of damage happening to the pool during the draining process while others take up the responsibility of fixing those damages for free.
So, should you hire a pool draining service you ask? ABSOLUTELY! I would advice pool owners that can afford to hire a swimming pool draining service to relieve themselves of the work and responsibilities that come with draining a swimming pool.
How much does it cost to drain a pool?
The amount charged by a draining service is largely dependent on the size of the swimming pool, location of the swimming pool and how much cleaning the swimming pool will need. Cost of renting a submersible pump is between $25 – $40 for 24 hours
Cost for refilling a pool is between $1 – $1.50 a gallon
Service cost for a professional pool draining company is between $70 – $150
Deep cleaning for tough stains and chemicals would bump up the total cost to around $150 -$800 dollars.
Contact a professional pool draining service around you to get the actual cost for your pool.
How often should I drain my pool?
A swimming pool can typically go years without needing to be drained. Experts advice that draining your swimming pool for whatever reason should be the absolute last resort.
This is because damages to the pool structure and swimming pool equipment can easily occur during the process of draining the swimming pool water. Issues about the preservation of natural resources can also be argued to be a major reason for this position.
Even more logical is insufficient facilities to contain and proper discharge the drained pool water through a legal sewer channel. Many times, sewer lines have a limit on the quantity of discharge they can handle without having a backflow.
I will like to say that although the information shared above was directed at Coleman swimming pools, these methods of draining the swimming pool works effectively on all pool types.
Make sure you attach a hose to the drain adapter before removing the drain plug this helps to prevent flooding and keeps the pool integrity from being compromised. Finally make sure you sundry your swimming pool before packing it up for storage.
I hope you have found this reading helpful and go on to have a seamless pool draining experience.