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    Too much water in a new pool

    This is my first post. We were supposed to fill our pool to halfway of the tile line, which we did, and then fill the spa. We were told the spa would take 12 hours to fill, but it only took less than 2 hours and then was spilling into the pool. We bucketed out about an inch this morning, but is it okay to leave now? When I caught it, there was about an inch of tile still exposed. Thanks!
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    Re: Too much water in a new pool

    You want your waterline about halfway up the face of the skimmers for the best skimming action. Welcome!
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    Re: Too much water in a new pool

    Welcome to TFP,

    There shouldn't be any issue with the level where it is. Just let it level off to where it's spilling into the pool when circulating, and no worries. As for the pool level, Woody has it covered. We were answering at the same time Woody, sorry..
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    Re: Too much water in a new pool

    Welcome Elissa.....can you backwash to drain some down if needed to? Water level needs to be midway up your skimmer. If it's to high your skimmer will not be able to skim properly.
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    Re: Too much water in a new pool

    If your pump and piping system allows for a drain to waste you can let the pump drain it down for you. It would probably only take a few minutes so watch closely.

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    Re: Too much water in a new pool

    Just so you are clear, the reason people are saying that the higher water level will not allow for good skimming is not due to a mysterious "pool rule". It's just that if the water level is such that it is higher than the top of the inlet inlet area of the skimmer mouth, then floating debris, leaves, pollen, etc. will not be physically able to float into the skimmer to be sucked into the suction pipe at the bottom of it.

    So pollen will accumulate on the surface and debris may have more time to become water logged and sink before being captured in the skimmer basket.

    It's nothing serious, more of a housekeeping item that you don't want to have on a routine basis. It makes it harder to keep the surface of the water clean. The water is still being filtered regardless, just not the surface of it.

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