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    Drained too much water? ~12 inches below the tile line

    After closing, I got a little aggressive a few weeks in draining the water below the tile line. I intended to maintain my goal of 2-3 inches below the tile line but wound up closer to 12 inches (I actually think the position of the hose to the pump acted as a siphon even after I thought the pump was off).

    Is that too far below the tile line? Am I risking anything by leaving it that low with a Noreaster headed my way this week and many nights of freezing temperatures (it has already been like this for ~3 weeks).

    Any advice is appreciated!
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    Re: Drained too much water? ~12 inches below the tile line

    I don't think that would be a problem. I didn't drain enough off last year, rain & snow filled it and I lost hundreds of tiles due to freezing.

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    Re: Drained too much water? ~12 inches below the tile line

    I don't see any downside. A lot more folks don't drain enough.
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    Re: Drained too much water? ~12 inches below the tile line

    Thanks - Last year I struggled to keep the water below the tile line all year with the snow and ice. I guess I won't have the problem this year.

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    Re: Drained too much water? ~12 inches below the tile line

    I don't foresee any problems either. 😎
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    Re: Drained too much water? ~12 inches below the tile line

    I don't see an problems either, I have already had to siphon some water out 2 times this yr because of rain. And I'm sure I will do it again after this storm. We are going to get 3 to 4 in of rain tues.
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    Re: Drained too much water? ~12 inches below the tile line

    I also don't see a problem and with today's weather the water level will most likely rise a bunch
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    Re: Drained too much water? ~12 inches below the tile line

    If you have a cover on the pool, it could be an issue. The water supports the cover and if the water is low, the cover rubs on the coping rail. Kills em in one season.


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