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    Draining Pool?

    I didn't know exactly what category to put this question in.... How do I handle draining the pool when it comes time to replace the liner? It is an old pool with no bottom drain. I am on a septic system, even though I am in an urban setting. My drain for waste goes under my front side lawn, but, there is no place to evacuate 27,000 gallons without disrupting something...

    Does anyone have experience with a pumping service that can pump it into a truck? Also, can I refill the pool with a truck, or is the flow rate of the water disruptive to the settling of the liner?

    Thank you

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    Re: Draining Pool?

    My city requires drained pool water to go thru the septic system. I bought a submersible sump pump from Lowes and a 100' heavy duty hose and drained mine right into the clean out in the front yard. Took about a day, but I only have 5000gal.
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    Re: Draining Pool?

    Thank you for the reply. We too have laws against draining treated water into stormwater drains. When I drain my hot tub, I just route the hose to my back garden but I am afraid 27,000 gal of saltwater would inundate both my waste drain and my septic field - not to mention kill some vegetation at the very least...
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    Wait for a rain storm. Then no one can see you discharging it out into the street.
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    Re: Draining Pool?

    If you want to replace the liner, you could empty the pool in increments couldnt you? Well, at least if you owned the submersible pump I would think so. If you aren't in a hurry. 4 or 5 thousand gallons into the septic every so often until its empty?
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    Re: Draining Pool?

    Are you on a well too ?? I'd ask whoever you are planning to use for an installer their thoughts on how best to drain and fill it in your area with your laws/restirctions. I would think something coming out of a big hose from a truck might not be the best way to go for filling with a liner. Just MHO.
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    Call your fire house and see if they can pump and take the water?

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    Re: Draining Pool?

    Yes, Frog, my thoughts exactly - that the pressure from the truck fill may not be the best for the liner. Dave, that is a good suggestion about increments...never thought about that.
    It is really not so much about "what is allowed" and more that a huge amount of chlorinated water can't be good for anything in the environment....I have never really thought about this, as I never had to deal with it, but there needs to be a company that rents you a tank to sit in your driveway and "hold" your treated water until you are ready to dump it back into the pool again...
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    Re: Draining Pool?

    27,000 gallons of water = more than 100 tons
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    Re: Draining Pool?

    Quote Originally Posted by CDNpoolster View Post
    Thank you for the reply. We too have laws against draining treated water into stormwater drains. When I drain my hot tub, I just route the hose to my back garden but I am afraid 27,000 gal of saltwater would inundate both my waste drain and my septic field - not to mention kill some vegetation at the very least...
    Sorry, I actually meant to say thru the sewer system, not septic. And I see in your signature now, that you are on a septic system. Yeah, 27K gal would be a lot and would flood your system for sure. Seems like your only 2 options would be draining in increments or a "holding tank" type system. Please let us know what you decide or do. This info may be helpful to someone else in the future.
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