How to drain

Bruuuce

Member
May 24, 2012
13
Ottawa
First time pool owner and am researching and getting ready to close the pool for the first time.

Two questions:

1. Seems silly but, how do I actually drain the pool? I don't have a drain in the pool and my filter doesn't have a backwash feature like most YouTube videos show. Am I stuck going out and buying a submersible pump? I have a pentair sta rite system:3 filter.

2. I have a liner pool with fibreglass stairs. Anything special I need to do with the stairs or just cover them with the rest of the pool?
 

JVTrain

TFP Expert
Feb 3, 2014
5,081
Central Minnesota
You can buy a cheap sub pump at your hardware store of choice. It will take quite a while but best bang for buck as you can use for years.
2nd option is to rent a better pump from a location that rents them. Will likely be much faster.
No special treatment needed for stairs, just cover.
 

buddywiser

LifeTime Supporter
May 23, 2007
103
Morgantown, WV
Bruce, you might not have a backwash feature, but your filter could still have a port to go to waste. What kind of filter do you have?

Also, in the pool, I assume you are talking about not having a main drain, but you could still drain it through the skimmers.
 

JVTrain

TFP Expert
Feb 3, 2014
5,081
Central Minnesota
Bruce, you might not have a backwash feature, but your filter could still have a port to go to waste. What kind of filter do you have?

Also, in the pool, I assume you are talking about not having a main drain, but you could still drain it through the skimmers.
That's a good point. If you can get a good seal and keep prime on a vacuum hose from skimmer, you could drain that way on backwash or to waste.