How to Drain a Pool With a Garden Hose?

Having a pool can be really expensive, especially because you need to spend more than a hundred dollars to maintain it. If you haven’t done any research about building a pool inside your home, you probably won’t also know all the costs along with it. What’s more, having a professional to do it for you may also add up to your expenses.

Thus, if you want to continue with your pool craze while saving money, there is no other way to make a regular maintenance more affordable than to get someone you know or yourself to do it. At first, it may seem impossible, but if you will educate yourself on how you can easily do it yourself, you might never go back to hiring a pool service technician again.

What you’ll need:

  • A standard garden hose
  • A spigot or an outdoor faucet
  • Drainage area

Step by Step Instruction:

How To Drain A Pool With A Garden Hose?

Step 1

First, you need to prepare the things you’ll need by placing one end of your garden hose to the faucet then the other one on the pool. Be sure to completely submerge the end of your hose to the pool. Of course, you will also need to allocate a space where you will dump the dirty pool water so be sure to figure it out first so you can properly dispose it.

Step 2

For this part, you will now create a siphon to drain the pool. Start by turning on the faucet to allow a consistent flow of water to your hose. Much better if you will have someone to help you with this because will need to cover the other end of the hose while holding the other.

Step 3

As you allow the water to flow through the pool, you will notice air bubbles coming out from it indicating that it is being pumped. Once you see the bubbles disappear, you already know that the hose is filled with water.  At this point, turn your faucet off and quickly remove the other end of the hose from the spigot while holding it with your thumb. Make sure that you are holding it facing up so the water inside won’t just go back to the pool.

Step 4

Carry the covered end of the hose to the drainage area. Release it slowly and allow it to drain by itself until there is no water left in the hose.

Step 5

You can’t entirely drain the water inside the pool. So the easiest and fastest way to remove the remaining water is to use a suction or a vacuum to empty it.

To help you understand how it works, here is a short video How to Drain Water off Swimming Pool Cover with Garden Hose Siphon Easy – YouTube that I thought would be handy for your DIY project.

How Long Does it Take to Drain a Pool with a Garden Hose?

How Long Does it Take to Drain a Pool with a Garden Hose?

How long you drain your pool totally depends on the size and capacity of your pool.

How Long Does It Take To Drain A 5000 Gallon Pool With A Hose?

Assuming you are pumping a 5000 gallon pool, you should determine first how fast you can pump. If you can pump around 30 GPM (gallons per minute), which is also equivalent to 1800 GPH (gallons per hour), it should take you 2.78 hours or 2 hours and 46 minutes to drain your pool using a  hose.

How Long Does It Take To Drain A 10,000 Gallon Pool With A Hose?

If you have a 10,000 gallon pool, it should take you 5.56 hours or 5 hours and 33 minutes to drain your pool using a hose.

How Long Does It Take To Drain A 25,000 Gallon Pool With A Hose?

If you have a 25,000 gallon pool, it should take you 13.88 hours or 13 hours and 52 minutes to drain your pool using a hose.

Key Points Review:

  • Immerse the entire end of the hose to the pool
  • Turn on the spigot and wait for the water to get completely in the hose
  • Turn of the spigot and hold the water at the other end of the hose using your thumb
  • Hold it until you reach the drainage area
  • Slowly release it and wait for the hose to drain on its own

Final Verdict

Draining a pool may seem like a tedious task, especially if you don’t have any idea how to do it. But it is actually doable. With the right technique and tools, you can do it using a regular garden hose.

A garden hose is, without a doubt, the cheapest option in terms of draining a pool. It may not be the best and fastest alternative available but you will save some dollars by trying it out. Who would think that you can use a garden hose to siphon your pool?

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