How To Use a Pool Waste Line

This guide explains you how to add a valve and 1 1/2" hose to drain your pool. The best way to drain water out of a pool is through a 1 1/2" waste line. If you have a filter with a multiport valve, you probably have this feature built in as one of the valve mode. But if you have a cartridge filter you may not have this feature and you may be spending hours draining your pool with a garden hose. 

1. Before you cut into your pool pipes, make sure your pool pump is shut off. Turn off power to the pool pump at the circuit breaker.

2. Next you will have to relieve the pressure that has built up in the pool filter. To relieve pressure turn the air relief valve on top of the pool filter counter clockwise. Water will spray out initially as you see the pressure on the pressure gauge go to 0 psi.

3. This is a picture of our current set up. When there is too much water in the pool, we have to purge the water by opening this spigot and draining the water though a garden hose. This process takes hours.

4. To add a larger waste hose we will have to T fitting into a stretch of pipe on the discharge side of the pump. Ideally we will want a place next to a union so that we can remove a section of pipe and provide room to slip in a T fitting. The best place appears to be the section of 2" pipe coming off the heater union.

5. Because we are going from 2" pipe to a standard 1 1/2" hose, you will have to use a 2" to 1 1/2" T fitting.

6. Loosen the exit union on the heater. If you can't loosen the union nut by hand , you may have to use a strap wrench like the one shown

7. Put the new waste line fittings together and place it where it fits best. Mark the end of the T fitting where it hits the 2" pipe.

8. Measure how far into the T fitting the 2" pipe will slide in and add that amount to the line previously marked. In this case we are adding 1 3/8".

9. Mark the pipe 1 3/8" up from the first mark.

10. Cut off the 2" pipe at your second mark. Try to make this cut as straight as possible.

11. Deburr the edges of the pipe with a rounded file and clean the pipe with a damp rag. This file has two sides, flat and rounded.

12. Adding the T fitting will make the length of pipe going to the union longer so we will have to shorten this pipe. To determine how much to cut off, measure the inside of the T fitting between the two stop ridges. The measurement for this T fitting is 2". Add 1/4" to this to allow for none square cuts. Note: not all T fitting are the same size so measure the T fitting you purchase.

13. Glue the T fitting to the lower end of the 2" pipe. Gluing is a two-step process. First apply a thin but even coat of purple primer on each surface to be joined: the outside of the pipe and the inside of the fitting.

14. After the primer dries, apply a thin even coat of glue to both surfaces.

15. Immediately push the T fitting onto the 2" pipe and twist 1/4 turn to spread the glue. Make sure the T fitting is lined up in the correct direction. It may help to side a 1 1/2" pipe into that side of the fitting to see where it's going before gluing the fitting. Wait 30 seconds for the glue to set.

16. Mark 2 1/4" on the extracted 2" pipe (as measured in Step 12).

17. Cut off the extracted 2" pipe at the 2 1/2" mark. Make the cut as square as possible.

18. Deburr and clean the 2" pipe

19. Slide the loose pipe into the T fitting to check the length of pipe fits to the heater union.

20. Glue the shortened 2" pipe to the T fitting. Before the glue dries (15 secs) make sure the other end of the pipe lines up with the union.

21. Screw on the union nut and hand tighten

22. Cut and deburr a length of 1 1/2" pipe that will get us past the other pipes

23. Glue this pipe to the T fitting.

24. Glue a 1 1/2" ball valve to the other end of this pipe. Be careful not to get glue into the ball joint.

25. Cut, beburr and then glue a short section of 1 1/2" pipe to the other end of the ball valve.

26. Add an elbow and short pipe as required to redirect the flow of water.

27. Attach the hose to the waste pipe. You may have to leave the end of the hose in the sun for a while to soften it up so that it stretches enough to attach to the pipe. Wrap the end of the hose to the pipe with duct tape to keep it on. 

28. Lay the hose out to the driveway.

29. Wait 2 hours for the glue to completely dry.

30. Turn on the pump.

31. Close the relief valve on top of the filter.

32. Open the ball valve.

33. Check that water is flowing freely out of the end of the hose.

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