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    Drain below the skimmer or not?

    I had my inground pool closed a few weeks ago and the local pool guy said that they don't drain the pool below the skimmer. Should I be doing this? I questioned because when I bought the house early this year the water had been drained below the skimmer when it had been closed the past winter.

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    Re: Drain below the skimmer or not?

    A good number of people drain below the skimmer and that's partially to protect any waterline tile from freezing water. Since you don't have tile (I'm assuming ) you could use a gizmo, etc to protect the skimmer from ice expansion. Maybe that's what they do.
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    Re: Drain below the skimmer or not?

    Do you have a mesh or solid cover?
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    Re: Drain below the skimmer or not?

    I have an Aqua Genie and they just take the return plate off and put on a plate that blocks the opening completely.
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    Re: Drain below the skimmer or not?

    I have a solid cover.
    18600 Gallon In Ground
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    Purex Triton Challenger wet end with Emerson 2EZ Speed Two-Speed with Timer Motor 3/4HP #EB2980T
    Sta-Rite 145361 Cristal-Flo II High-Rate Sand Filter 22Inch
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    Re: Drain below the skimmer or not?

    Then ....unless you have tile (as stated earlier), or you need a drain down for chemical reasons......there is no need to drop it down that low. As long as the company who closed your pool did a good job of blowing the lines and sealing them up with gizzmos....you should be fine.
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    Re: Drain below the skimmer or not?

    Oh...i missed the aqua genie post....no need for gizzmos unless water can get in there.
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    Re: Drain below the skimmer or not?

    Thanks for the advise. I will leave it how it is now.
    18600 Gallon In Ground
    Vinyl liner
    Aqua Genie Skimmer/Return
    Purex Triton Challenger wet end with Emerson 2EZ Speed Two-Speed with Timer Motor 3/4HP #EB2980T
    Sta-Rite 145361 Cristal-Flo II High-Rate Sand Filter 22Inch
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