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    Can I let pool overflow ?

    Hi guys. I keep my pool level pretty high for vacuuming purposes and because Im 6'3''.
    The water level is just below the skimmer. Last night we got a ton of rain so I put the filter on backwash with the pump off and just let it flow out to the back of my yard. So this morning as I am refilling the pool a bit I am wondering if I would have just been better off just letting the pool overflow from the rainwater. Any harm in doing that ?
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    Re: Can I let pool overflow ?

    Overflow is usually fine. The risk is that you don't have any control over where the water goes. For some pools, especially above ground but potentially any pool, overflow will wash out dirt that you don't want washed out.
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    Re: Can I let pool overflow ?

    I agree with Jason. I'd rather aim the water where it will do some good, or at least do no harm. Wouldn't you hate having one side of your pool start sinking in the mud?
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    Re: Can I let pool overflow ?

    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    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: Can I let pool overflow ?

    good answers guys. I just wish there was a way I could avoid having to let 8 inches of water flow out and having to refill it every time.
    21' All Steel AGP with Resin caps, Heyward S244T Sand Filter, Heyward 1HP 2 speed pump

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