I'll be closing my AG pool for the first time this winter and I had a question about draining.
I'm in one of the highest snowfall region in the country (Upstate New York by the Lakeshore) and the average snowfall here is about 100 inches a year. I found some numbers saying that this will be about 10 inches of rainfall. Since I don't have any idea how I'd get that off my pool I figured a solid cover would be a bad idea (I would imagine the sun shine would melt snow on top and it would run to the bottom, but with snow still on it I couldn't really run a cover pump) so I bought a mesh winter cover. Someone here posted their setup with the mesh cover and 3 Intex floats to hold it up.
here is my question: if I am anticipating an average of 10 inches of rain via snowfall, do I need to drain the pool at least ten inches below the return? What bad thing happens if my pool fils up from melting snow water so that water runs out my return valve? (Given that it would be rain or snow melt I assume this would happen slowly)
That also wouldn't account for more fall and spring rains, so I could get 15-20 inches of Rainfall while the pool is closed.
it it just seems a bit excessive to almost drain half the pool, but I don't really know what I'm doing.