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    Pool completely full -- should I drain?

    I had someone work on my house yesterday and they accidentally opened the pool fill for ~20 hours. I have a completely full pool almost to the brim. I have a limestone casing. Should I drain? I live in Austin and it's still hot here so I'm sure it will be back to normal in a couple weeks. There's not a lot of stuff falling into the pool at the moment so the skimmers not working as effectively isn't a big deal.
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    Re: Pool completely full -- should I drain?

    Is the water above your tile line and splashing against your coping? If so, you should drain it to where it normally is (mine is 3" below top of tile line). You really don't want water soaking the coping a lot and possible leaving calcium scale behind. You could let it evaporate, but it will take some time.

    Last time it rained here in Tucson, I was at 1/2" below tile line and I drained off an inch or so of water and let the rest evaporate. Once problem is, a slow evaporation will cause a white powdery Ca scale on the tile surface relative to the tile surface that normally sits below the water line. It's easily wiped away with a mildly acidic solution, but it does dull the tile surface.

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    Re: Pool completely full -- should I drain?

    The other thing is, if the water level is up that far, I would imagine you're getting very little skimming action. Once the skimmer is near completely filled, you don't get much action from it.
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    Re: Pool completely full -- should I drain?

    Quote Originally Posted by three4rd View Post
    The other thing is, if the water level is up that far, I would imagine you're getting very little skimming action. Once the skimmer is near completely filled, you don't get much action from it.
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    Re: Pool completely full -- should I drain?

    I agree. Compromise and take it down a little off your coping but leave an inch to two to evaporate.


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