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How to Stop Too Much Water in a Pool

By Elizabeth Ireland
A too-full swimming pool does not allow the pool filter to work as it should.

Maybe you put the hose in the pool, hoping to top it off just a bit, but accidentally left the water running for a full day, or Mother Nature has helped you out by dumping several inches of rain into the pool. Either way, there’s too much water, and your pool’s pump is not going to be able function efficiently with it that full. In that case, a too-full pool is easy to remedy.

Using the Filter Pump

Always turn off the pump before turning your filter valve.

Turn off your pool pump.

Tighly connect a hose to your pool filter.

Hook a flexible hose to the waste or backwash outlet on your filter.

Turn the valve to the rinse setting or the waste setting.

Turn the pump on, and allow the extra water to drain from the pool and out the flexible hose until the level of water is achieved.

Turn the pump off and reset the valve to the filter setting.

Turn the pump on, and resume normal use.

Alternate Solution

Hook a hose to a submersible pump -- the pump used to siphon water off your winter pool cover will work perfectly.

Place the submersible pump in the pool, gently settling it to the bottom.

Plug in the pump and allow it to pump the excess water from the pool until the correct level is achieved.

Unplug the pump and remove it. Resume normal pool use.


Things You Will Need

  • Pool filter pump
  • Flexible hose
  • Submersible pump


  • Check with your municipality to see what the policies are on where and how to pump out swimming pool water.


  • Never pump pool water into a septic tank.

About the Author


Elizabeth Ireland began writing professionally in 1997 as a reporter and columnist with the "Lancaster (Pa.) Sunday News." She now serves as the marketing and communications manager for Elizabethtown College, where she earned an associate degree in corporate communication. Ireland also covers rock climbing, cycling, the outdoors, home remodeling, relationships, cooking, higher education, fitness and the environment.