It is the end of the season and it is time to put the pool away. I like getting the pool out and putting it up for the season but putting it away is nice too.
Typically running the heater anytime past the end of August is like throwing money out the window. We kept the heater on until September 9th this year and did well to use it most days through the summer.
|Finn and Grandpa Bob in the pool |
on the last day of heat.
Pool temp 28C.
|Yowzers! How's that for heat loss?!|
Scott pulled out our trusty jet pump and tried to use that to drain the pool. He bought 100ft of hose to drain the water to the front street. But after several hours of pumping the level in the pool had not moved by more than a 1/2". I think we actually may have lost more to evaporation than by the pump.
|Before AND After picture using the jet pump.|
|Plan B: New submersible pump!|
Don't judge me on the cleanliness of my pool.
We turned off the pump at bedtime, after having only run for a few hours, not wanting it to run through the night but we had enough suction going that it continued to drain because the water level of the pool was higher than the drain hose. Hydraulic head rocks! So we woke the next morning to an essentially empty pool.
That left all the hard work and heavy lifting for today. It went smoothly. After 4 or 5 years of putting this same $500 Costco pool I say we are getting pretty good at it. We'll see if this puppy can last one more summer. However, both Scott and I came inside afterwards and had a nap. My arms currently feel like they are made of lead.
|What pool?! Can't prove we have a pool.|