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Thread: Winterizing...lowering water below return

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    Mar 2014
    Edmond, OK

    Winterizing...lowering water below return

    First timer here...I'm reading the article on winterizing and think I get it all except for one thing. What method do you use to get your water below the return? Once the water is too low to backwash, what's the best method for removing the next 6" or so of water?

    18,000 gallons, above ground pool, vinyl liner. Swim Pro SW256T Sand Filter, 80GPM, 35 GMP/ftsq
    More than 3 years old
    Well water

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    Re: Winterizing...lowering water below return

    If you use a manual vacuum you can hook it up and allow the vacuum head to sit on the floor of the pool and run the pump. As long as you have a good seal in the skimmer you can drain a pool with this method. You can also buy or rent a submersible pump and use it to drain as much water as needed.
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    Athens, GA - USA

    Re: Winterizing...lowering water below return

    What about just a good ol garden hose to siphon it off? This is my plan. I have never closed before so we will see how it goes....
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    League City, TX

    Re: Winterizing...lowering water below return

    Do you have a way to isolate pump suction to the main drain?

    20K IG gunnite pool
    2HP Hayward single speed pump
    Cartridge filter

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    Re: Winterizing...lowering water below return

    I used a 7 dollar drill pump , two sections of garden hose and a 20 dollar harbor freight electric drill. Ran the hose into my sewer clean out and locked the trigger on the drill. This worked well. It took about five hours for the water to drop below the return.

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    Peoria, IL

    Re: Winterizing...lowering water below return

    Pool vacuum or inexpensive sump pump. The floor drain would be an easy one as well if you can isolate to it.

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    Central Illinois

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