How to Drain a Pool Without a Pump

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How to Drain a Pool Without a Pump
Use a drain hose to empty your pool without a pump. (Swimming Pool image by PinkSkyPhotos from

Swimming pools can be a luxury to most homeowners, providing a space for social get-togethers or relaxation during the warmer months. However, a swimming pool does require regular maintenance to keep the water clean and clear, and chemically balanced. Occasionally it will be necessary to drain the pool as well, whether it's for a full-fledged cleaning or for the winter. A submersible pump will surely drain the pool a lot faster, but there is a way to drain the water for very little money.

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Things you need

  • Large drain hose

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  1. 1

    Insert one end of the drain hose into the swimming pool and push it down to the pool floor. One drain hose will suffice, but two or more hoses will drain the water faster. If you use more than one hose, do this same step with the other hoses.

  2. 2

    Carry the other end of the drain hose to your drain location. It's best to direct the water out into the street where there is a nearby sewer to prevent any water backup in your backyard.

  3. 3

    Siphon out the swimming pool water. Place your mouth on the end of the hose and begin to suck repeatedly. Continue to do this until the water begins to come out, roughly a minute or two. Spit the water out.

  4. 4

    Place the hose on the ground to let the water flow out. Because of the natural laws of gravity, the hose will continue to drain the pool until the drain hose reaches air. It's important to check the hose often to ensure the water is still flowing, and that the end of the hose is still under the surface of the water. If the flow of the water stops, repeat Step 3. Let the pool drain completely.

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