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    Question Water Level and Drain?

    With the winter season coming in Northern CA we will finally start to get some rain and the water level will stay a bit higher with less evaporation. I have noticed that my pool overflow drain (1inch PVC pipe hole about 5 inches down from the top concrete edge of the pool) sits pretty high up as it relates to how high the water level can get in the skimmer before it starts to drain.

    Normally I keep about a 1-2 inch gap between the water level height and the top of the skimmer so debris can float in, however if the water level actually gets high enough to start flowing out of the overflow drain then the water level will be too high for the skimmer to be effective.

    Was this a design flaw? Are there any other downsides to the water level being too high for the skimmer other than not picking up surface debris properly? I do have a manual faucet on the pump/filter plumbing that I can use to hook a hose up and drain that way if needed. Thanks for the help.
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    Re: Water Level and Drain?

    I doubt it is a flaw. IMO, the overflow is a backup if you do not actively maintain the water level. You are correct that the only real downside is that surface debris may not get skimmed if the water level is too high.
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    Re: Water Level and Drain?

    Gotcha, it looks there is a good ~10 inches of wiggle room between the bottom of the skimmer and the top so I can turn off my auto fill and leave it a bit lower so when we get a downpour I don't have to worry about running out in the rain to drain it manually.
    Built 2003, 14k Gallons, IG Pebbletec, Primary Pump: Sta-Rite Intellipro VS, Sta-Rite Series 3 S8M150 Cartridge Filter, Fiberstars Jazz Light w/Color Wheel, Polaris 280 Vacuum (Runs Zodiac PB4-60 Booster Pump) and 2 Waterfalls (Run on separate, dedicated 1HP Sta-Rite Max-E-Glas II Pump).

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