There are various reasons why one would need to drain water out from a pool. It could be that a repair needs to be carried out, chemical imbalance, or due to heavy rainfall. No matter the reason, if it has finally resulted in draining your pool, how do you go about that?
Some people might choose to use a pump to remove the water. However, it is always easier to use a siphon (or syphon) if the destination to drain the water has a lower elevation than the water source.
First, before you think of draining your pool, check with your local regulations. Also, check if the drainage area will accommodate the volume of water you intend to drain.
When all is checked, let us get down to understanding how the water hose syphon works.
How to Syphon Water with A Hose?
Consider using a hose if you have any reason to remove water from your inground or above-ground pool. It is easy if the above requirements are met. First, you need a garden hose of ¾ inches diameter and a hose cap.
Here are a few steps to syphoning water from a pool.
Step 1: Insert one end of the hose into the pool and slowly fill the hose to the pool until it is entirely filled with water and completely submerged.
Step 2: Take the other end of the hose and lower it slightly beneath the water to make sure the hose is full.
Step 3: Take your hose cap and screw on the open end of the hose. Some people would kink the open end. The idea is to prevent water from escaping from the hose.
Step 4: Lift the capped or kinked end of the hose and place it to your already prepared drainage location. Remember to hold the kinked end up high above the water source while making sure you do not release until you are ready to drop.
Step 5: Remove the kinked or capped end and start syphoning. Syphon until you reach the designated volume.
Step 6: When you are done syphoning the water, remove the drain end from the pool and raise it higher so that the remaining water in the hose can flow back.
How Long Does It Take to Syphon a Water?
The time it takes to drain water from your pool entirely depends on the pool’s size, the volume of water, the diameter of the hose and many more. But roughly between 8-14 hours, you should be done with the drainage.
Can I Syphon Water to an Uphill?
No, you cannot syphon water to a higher level. The maximum height expected of a syphon to work is around 10m high above the pool. Anything above that will create an empty region at the top of the pipe; thus, cutting off the syphoning process.
Before syphoning water from your pool, remember to check your local regulations on pool draining. Some places will not allow you to drain water to the streets or storm drain.
Also, if your pool has a hydrostatic relief valve, open them before drainage to avoid causing damage to the pool shell or deck.