Above ground pool - drain out water

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Old 04-13-04, 08:43 AM
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Question Above ground pool - drain out water

To all Above ground pool experts.
We have an above ground pool that we inherited from our prior owners, this is our second summer in the new home and last summer because of the rain and being first time homeowners we had a tough time maintaining the pool. There was a lot of algae in the pool and the pool pump always get clogged, bottomline we used the pool only a couple times last summer. Now come spring, we are worried that the pool maintenance than worth it , but we do not want to sell it off since it will add value to the price of the house if it is there. So this summer we are not planning to use the pool and we are thinking of this idea.
1. Open the pool once weather gets warmer this spring.
2. Drain out all the water (how do we do this ?)
3. Clean out the bottom of the pool.
4. Leave the pool with no water since we will not be using it this summer.
Do you know if this is a possible solution, what will happen if rain water collects in the pool, can we just drain it out using the pool pump , will this cause any long term damage to the liner of the pool ?

Thanks for your opinion.
Manasa
 
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Old 04-13-04, 09:54 AM
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There was a lot of algae in the pool and the pool pump always get clogged, bottomline we used the pool only a couple times last summer.
Sounds like you didnt use chlorine and muractic acid on it right. Or any of the other chemical's for the alage in there.

#2 drain it with the pool pump . Just repipe it some. There is a plastic pipe "flat "that rolls up that you can get for the outlet end of the pump.

On the liner I cant say for sure. Had one pool was full all the time and lost the liner in 5 years. I think the sun will hurt it more with no water in it.

More rain water in the pool will mean more acid and more algae. keep it pumped out or use more chemical's to keep it clean.You could cover it but you still have to keep that pumped out also.Thats my .02 cents for it

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Old 04-13-04, 02:48 PM
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My abv ground is empty as we speak. I was in your same boat, and have decided that leaving it empty wasn't an option. ONce the water is drained, the liner gets all wrinkly and weird, and I'm afraid it will be permanently damaged without water. In fact, the guys at the pool store said exactly that. Plus, it just catches leaves and rainwater, which are more pain to get out and to keep the chemicals treated right. I ordered a new liner (the old one had leaks, which meant more maintenance headaches than I can list). Hopefully with a new liner, and a switch over from Baquacil to Chlorine, my headaches will be solved.

As a note: Realtors will tell you a pool does little to the value - especially an above ground. The only reason I'm not taking mine out is that it is "customized" into the yard/deck/fence, and woudl require redoing tons of landscape and redecking to make it look right. The pool liner was only a few hundred dollars, plus my friends all love it, LOL.
 
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Old 04-13-04, 04:24 PM
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With new liner: We cut the bottom of the old one out and left it there.Just smooth it out then the new one right on top. helps for a smooth bottom .

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