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How to Drain a Pool With a Garden Hose

Updated February 21, 2017

If you have a swimming pool at home, you know that the costs of maintaining it can add up quickly. Filters, chlorine, and other treatments can put a strain on a household budget. You can hire someone to drain your pool at the end of the season, but it's far less stressful to your bank account if you do this on your own. You can drain your pool with a garden hose --- it's easier than you might think.

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  1. Attach the "female" end of the water hose to the nearest outdoor spigot. This spigot should be close enough that you can easily reach the pool and have plenty of slack left in the water hose.

  2. Place the other end of the hose in the swimming pool. Extend it all the way to the bottom of the pool. Preferably, there should be enough length so that the end of the hose lies flat on the bottom of the pool.

  3. Return to the water spigot and turn the water on. Allow water to run through the hose for 30 seconds to a minute.

  4. Turn off the water supply at the spigot.

  5. As fast as you can, unscrew the garden hose from the spigot. Quickly put a kink in the hose, so that water will not escape from the opening in the hose.

  6. Walk to where you want the water to drain. Keep in mind that this is a great deal of water. Do not place the end of the hose in low-lying areas or near plants that prefer drier soil conditions.

  7. Release the kink in the garden hose, which will allow the water to flow out of the hose. Periodically check to make sure the other end of the hose is still flat on the bottom of the pool. Weigh it down with something if necessary.

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Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose --- as long as possible

About the Author

Elizabeth Balarini is a freelance writer and professional blogger who began writing professionally in 2006. Her work has been published on several websites. Her articles focus on where her passions lie: writing, web development, blogging, home and garden, and health and wellness. Balarini majored in English at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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