I have a 30’ Above Ground pool with 15’ of underground pipes going to the pump etc. in the garage. It is a Radiant Metric brand pool and they recommend to drain the pool down and cap off the pipe connected to the skimmer. I had a local pool company close it last year and they drained the pool below the skimmer / return jet. They then drained the lines and put antifreeze in them. Then the skimmer and return jet were capped off with a threaded plastic plug.
I noticed that water could get into the skimmer and I was concerned it would build up, freeze and crack it. When I questioned the company that closed it, they gave me a green Gizmo. I disconnected the underground pipe from the bottom of the skimmer, Undid the skimmer plug and put the Gizmo in the plugs place. I even dumped water into the skimmer to make sure the water did not leak through the Gizmo. I then reconnected the underground pipe and considered it good.
This past spring before the pool was opened I unscrewed the underground pipe from the bottom of the skimmer and it was full of water. Thankfully everything seemed ok so there does not seem to be a leak. But I question how well the Gizmo actually sealed.
I would prefer to have a plastic plug in the skimmer for a good seal. Does anyone make a Gizmo that does not screw into the skimmer?
Thanks for your help.