Our pool will fill from time-to-time with rainwater over the winter. The drainpipes and dedicated pump are not in use at this time so the only way to get the water out is to pump it out somehow from the top. I have a sump-type pump that I can put into the pool but (a) it uses a lot of electricity, (b) I have to remember to turn it on, turn it off and (c) it means that I have to run electrical equipment out to the pool, etc, remove a portion of the safety cover, etc..
I have a quick solution, I think, but I need help with the initial pumping portion of it.
I'd like to lay a hose into a skimmer to the depth that I need to drain to. I think, right(?), that if I can get the drain-end of that hose away from the pool into a drain deeper than the level that I want to drain to, that if I get the water transfer started it will drain on it's own until it's hit the hose depth in the pool.
Can anybody think of a way of getting that water flow started without an expensive pump? Is there a simple water pump that I can use to essentially just prime the flow and then let gravity take over? I have an option of running the hose to a nearby pool house and back out (putting the "flow starter" in the pool house near electricity, etc.
Thoughts? Does this make any sense?