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    How to drain pool

    We have had 16" of rain in Houston and continuing. My overflow drain has managed to keep the water level about 1" from overflowing but a lot more rain is headed this direction. I have a full automated system and I have no idea how to drain the pool about 3", just to be safe and keep the yard debris out of. There is a hose bib connected to the system but I need your help in figuring out what the process is to drain the water some. Here is a blurry picture:
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    Re: How to drain pool

    It looks like that hose bib is on the pump outlet. Hook a garden hose to it, trail it out where you want it to drain, and open the faucet. That bleeds off water before it even gets to the filter. If you have a way to isolate the main drain, draw the water from there. Otherwise, set an alarm clock so you can check the level periodically so you don't empty the skimmer and lose prime.
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    Re: How to drain pool

    Thanks! Do I need to run the filter pump during this process?
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    Re: How to drain pool

    Quote Originally Posted by HouTX View Post
    Thanks! Do I need to run the filter pump during this process?
    Yes. You're using the pump to lift the water out of the pool and push it out the hose.
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    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: How to drain pool

    Appreciate it, thank you. Need to do quick research to see if chlorinated salt water will damage the grass, or I may be able to release it slowly over the french drain opening on the pool deck.
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    Re: How to drain pool

    Given the amount of rainfall, I suspect the saltwater will get diluted enough not to do any damage. The ground is probably so saturated it will just run off. Still, if there's a way to send it off the the storm drains or the street, do it. It will keep your yard from looking like a rice paddy.
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    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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