How does the well point work, and how quickly can you move water from it?

Aleforge

Well-known member
May 31, 2014
287
Wentzville, MO
I have a smaller diameter pipe that runs downward and under the pool on the deep end. I asked about it a long time ago and it was decided that it was a well point (I think that's the correct term). I have a ton of drainage issues in my back yard that I can't do much about. Most of the water accumulated around my pool and due to the heavy clay just hangs out. Considering my pool is somewhat dug up due to me replacing the pipes with the concrete ripped out I was going to ask about a sump system. But then I got to thinking about that well point again. First of all I use it, I shove a garden hose down inside until it stops and run a small transfer pump. It can take many hours but it will completely drain the area. I tried a larger transfer pump but the garden hose (even heavy duty) but squeezes itself off sadly. So than I started to wonder what exactly is down there? I have no idea how it works, such as does it have a screen or is the inlet surrounded by rock?

Anyhow I was wondering how hard you can pull from the pipe, is it possible to hook a larger transfer pump to the pipe itself and not feed a hose down? Or would that suck too hard and end up pulling out whatever is down there? Obviously I am asking this to avoid trying to figure out how to install a sump and just drain the water after rains from this pipe.

Thanks for the help!
 

SouthVirginiaPool

Silver Supporter
Apr 26, 2020
104
Chesapeake, Virginia
Great question - they put in a pipe under my deep end when they built the pool. They said it would help if needed in the future (you could attach a pump to it) - I do have a vinyl liner pool. I don't have any answers for you - but will follow this thread for info.
 

SSharp

Bronze Supporter
Aug 25, 2019
70
Nebraska
Garden hoses don't work. Try a PVC intake hose-it's heavy duty and won't collapse. We use a transfer pump occasionally to move water and it works great.
 

Aleforge

Well-known member
May 31, 2014
287
Wentzville, MO
I didn't even know about those, I kept thinking maybe a small diameter rigid PVC pipe shoved down inside. Glad I asked!
Whats your thoughts on installed a SUMP, do you think this can be use well enough when needed?