Main drains in above ground swimming pools. Should you install one, or not. We highlyEdwards Pools of Ohio, Main Drain recommend the installation of a main drain for a couple of reasons. Water circulation, and ease of cleaning. We have discussed these aspects in additional articles.
One of the big worries that people have with main drains is settling issues. We hear the stories about the drains that are sticking up a couple inches in the bottom of the pool, from improper installation. That can easily happen if the drain body and piping are not buried in the dirt and tamped in place. You can not use the sand that makes the base for the liner to set on, to install the drain in. If you do the sand will settle down and you will have the drain sticking up. That is what you do not want to happen.
This video shows how we set the drains we install completely down in the ground. We tamp the dirt back in tight around everything so that we have no issues.