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Can I use backwash to drain my pool?

Last Updated: 15th February, 2020

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It is not recommended to drain a swimming pool through the backwash valve. While sucking from the main drain and putting the water down the backwash line will work in some scenarios it puts your pool pump at risk of losing prime and running dry.

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Regarding this, can I use my pool pump to drain my pool?

Never Use the Pool Pump to Drain the Pool This is where water enters the filtration system, which is powered by the pump. And pool pump motors are water-cooled devices. If you use the pump to pull water from the pool, as soon as the water level falls below the skimmer, your pump will start pulling in air.

Additionally, how do you drain a pool without a pump? How to Empty a Pool Without a Pump

  1. Place one end of a water hose in the pool.
  2. Take the other end of the hose to where you want the water to drain.
  3. Siphon the water out of the pool by placing your mouth on the end of the hose and sucking repeatedly until water comes out.

Simply so, do I need a permit to drain my pool?

Before you start pumping out the water, you need to make sure that you are meeting the City's pool draining requirements. No permit is needed prior to draining your pool, however, the water is required to be maintained on private property or in the sewer cleanout on private property.

Is it illegal to drain your pool into the street?

Draining your swimming pool onto the street, into storm drains and near waterways is illegal in many townships and municipalities across the country. The best way to drain the pool is to empty it directly into the sanitary sewer line outside your home.

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Anastacia Sanmartin

Professional

What is the drain at the bottom of swimming pool for?

Pool Drain Systems. We've already seen that the water in a swimming pool needs to circulate through a filtering system, to remove dirt and debris. During normal operation, water flows to the filtering system through two or more main drains at the bottom of the pool and multiple skimmer drains around the top of the pool

Liselotte Kuza

Explainer

How often should I drain my pool?

As stated in the previous section, most in-ground pools should be completely drained and the water replaced every 5 to 7 years. Exactly how often will depend on your maintenance schedule, how frequently the pool is used, and what kind of environment your pool is in.

Sherill Schinhofen

Explainer

How do you drain a pool with a pump?

How to Drain A Pool with a Cartridge Filter
  1. Shut off the pump.
  2. Go to the back of the filter and unscrew the drain plug.
  3. Turn the pump back on and let the water run until it reaches the point where you want to drain the water out.
  4. Turn the pump back off and put the plug back into the drain plug.

Mayola Duvenkropp

Explainer

Will draining a pool damage the liner?

If you drain your pool you can cause your vinyl pool liner to shrink and upon refilling, if the liner has lost its elasticity it can cause the liner to rip or tear. A vinyl inground pool should also not be drained for cleaning, as again it will likely damage the liner.

M'Hand Notti

Pundit

How far down do you drain your pool for winter?

It's acceptable to drain the pool a few more inches below that if you live in an area that gets heavy precipitation during the winter months. Some pool professionals even suggest draining the water to as much as 6 inches below the skimmer — about the level of the bottom of the pool's return jet.

Charolette Bansch

Pundit

What happens if your pool overflows?

If you don't have an overflow drain, or if it is clogged, it is possible for periods of unusually heavy rain to overflow your pool. Usually, overflowing pool water is a fairly minor issue, and any overflowing waters that spill onto the pool deck or into the yard will evaporate on their own.

Justiniana Teschers

Pundit

How do I drain the water from my above ground pool?

All you need is a medium-size water or vacuum pump.
  1. Unroll the pump's intake hose so that it reaches the center of the pool (or as close to it as possible), and submerge it in the pool.
  2. Place the outlet hose so the exiting water doesn't flood the area, but drains off away from the pool.
  3. Dry your hands thoroughly.

Wilbert Pitomets

Pundit

Should I run my pool pump when it rains?

When rain is heavy, pool equipment is at risk for flooding. If flooding water threatens to submerge the pool pump, shut off power to the pool on the main panel and see if you can remove the pool pump safely and store it indoors. If a pool pump is submerged and gets waterlogged, it will need to be replaced.

Freya Gallot

Teacher

How long can a pool go without a pump?

If you want to activate the pump once a day, start with six hours, but never go lower than five hours, especially in the summer. If your pool is in constant use, you may need to run the pump for up to eight hours per day, frequently checking the water clarity and chemical balance.

Romana Darevsky

Teacher

How do you siphon water with a hose?

To siphon water, start by submerging one end of a hose or tube in the water you want to siphon out. Then, put the other end in your mouth and gently suck in. When the water is about halfway through the tube, remove the tube from your mouth and put it into an empty container lower than the original water source.

Michelangelo Muthu

Teacher

How do you suction water from behind a pool liner?

How to Get Rid of Water Behind a Pool Liner in an Inground Pool
  1. Acquire a submersible pump with a rubber bottom.
  2. Pull the liner out of the track with the assistance of a butter knife.
  3. Buy a small pump from your local pool or home supply store for around $40.
  4. Connect one end of the hose that came with the pump to the pump itself.

Hussam Entenza

Teacher

Can I leave my pool empty?

It can be surprising to learn that you should not leave your swimming pool empty. Most guidelines for closing a pool will advise to just lower the level of water below the skimmer and jet level. The liner can dry out, shrink and possibly crack or it can become ripped or torn from debris entering the pool.

Hongxia Gornals

Reviewer

Why is my pool draining water?

When the filter pump runs, the plumbing on the pressure side is under pressure. This can turn what would start as small drips into significant amount of spray that can make your pool lose water rapidly. If the pool is leaking without your equipment running, you could have a suction-side leak.

Rongrong Hew

Reviewer

How much does it cost to drain and fill a pool?

Draining and refilling, then adding new chemicals will refresh the water in an otherwise undamaged pool. Costs for refilling a pool will vary, but the average water agency charges about $1-$1.50 per 1,000 gallons, so water for a 20,000 gallon pool would be $20-$30.

Raju Benaissa

Reviewer

Where does the water go when you backwash a pool?

Use the backwash to water grass or any area on your property that will allow water to percolate into the ground. Backwash pools directly into the private sewer cleanout on your property instead of into the storm gutter.

Xuhong Barquin

Supporter

Can I drain my pool into my yard?

Saltwater Pools
It is possible, however, to drain a saltwater pool into the yard using planned draining intervals. Saturating the yard with freshwater after discharging a portion of the pool allows the soil to regain its salt balance. You need to alternate salt and freshwater across the yard for the best results.

Vilmar Astorquiza

Supporter

Where should I drain my pool?

in the ground and close to the home, often near a water spigot. The port should have a rubber or threaded cap with a square wrench fitting and be about three to four inches in diameter. submersible pump. Lower the pump into the deepest area of the pool, near the drain.

Antonius Lator

Beginner

How long does it take to drain pool?

Your pool size will also determine how long it takes. If you're pumping at 30 gallons/minute, or 1,800 gallons/hour, and you have a 25,000 gallon (94,635.3 L) pool, it will take roughly 14 hours to drain the pool.

Elsbeth Fietze

Beginner

How do you drain and fill a pool?

How to Drain an Intex Pool for Repairs
  1. Remove the Cap From the Drain Valve. You'll find this located on the outside of the pool, toward the bottom.
  2. Connect a Garden Hose to the Drain Valve.
  3. Monitor the Draining Process.
  4. Perform the Repairs.
  5. Replace the Drain Cap.
  6. Refill the Pool.
  7. Turn on the Pool Pump.
  8. Balance the Water.