How to empty a pond or swimming pool

12 December 2016

Draining a pond or swimming pool is not as easy as it sounds: It’s not just a matter of removing water from the pool – there are other considerations. If you’re emptying water from a pool, consider water pumps for rent from Talisman Plant and Tool Hire to ensure that you have access to the best equipment.


Choose quality equipment

Most homeowners are unlikely to have a water pump sitting in their garage, so you’ll need to arrange the relevant tool hire. Water pump hire from a reputable construction rental company such as Talisman Plant and Tool Hire is a cost-effective option that gives you access to the best quality power tools and equipment.


Where’s the water going to go?

While small ponds have less capacity, a medium-sized residential swimming pool holds around 6,000 litres of water, maybe more. That’s a lot of water – too much to run off into your garden. In addition, chemical processes used to treat swimming pools mean that the water from your pool needs to be diverted into a drain that takes water to a treatment plant. Do your research with the local municipality if you’re unsure where it would be appropriate to drain your swimming pool water.


The draining process

Switch off any swimming pool or pond pump systems. Connect your rented water pump according to the instructions (it is easy to do!) – making sure that it will pump water from the deepest part of your pool. Ensure that the drainage hose is set up to divert water to a safe drainage source. Start the pump and keep monitoring the process until the pool is drained.


Take care when draining a fibreglass swimming pool, as these are often designed to have water in them to balance the pressure of surrounding soil. When empty, the pressure of soil can cause them to buckle or crack. When draining a fibreglass pool, it is best to call a professional.


To find out more about renting power tools and equipment, including water pump hire, contact Talisman Plant and Tool Hire today.