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How to Drain Excess Water in a Pool

By Cody Sorensen

Areas that receive substantial amounts of precipitation often have issues with overfilled pools. The pool's skimmer won't be able to work properly when water levels are too high. Some pools have overflow drains that remove excess water, but if your pool doesn't have this option, it's best to drain the pool yourself. Allowing a pool to overflow may cause water to fill in around its exterior. This may lead to pool wall instabilities.

Attach a long section of drain hose to the hose fitter on the submersible pump. The hose needs to be long enough to go from the pool to a city storm drain.

Lower the submersible pump into the pool. It doesn't matter where you lower it. It just needs to be deep enough to not suck air. Sucking air will make it loose its suctioning ability.

Plug the electrical cord of the pump into a grounded power outlet, and let the pump run until you've removed the excess water from the pool.


Things You Will Need

  • Drain hose
  • Submersible pump
  • City storm drain
  • Power cord
  • Grounded electrical outlet


  • You can get a submersible pump and drain hose at your local home-improvement store.


  • Contact your city code office and get permission to dump excess pool water down the storm drain.