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    Pool Drainage

    Since I'm new at this pool ownership thing, I have a pretty simple question. I looked up how to drain my pool water, should the need arise, but it seems I do not have a setup for draining. Correct me if I'm wrong? Am I correct to assume the only way for me to drain would be a sump pump?
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    Re: Pool Drainage

    That is correct.

    You could add a 3-way valve after the filter (since there is no room before it) to use to switch to a "waste" option. Of course you would want to remove the cartridge anytime you were going to do it.

    EDIT: Or replumb between the pump and filter and either use a 3-way instead of the 90 fitting or use a Tee fitting with a shut-off valve on the right that you could open. The 3-way would allow you to drain more quickly.
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    Re: Pool Drainage

    Thanks Jason. I'm worried about changing any of the plumbing, since the pool was just built, I've only had it open since April, and I don't want to void all/any warranties I have.
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    Re: Pool Drainage

    Then ask them to add a waste option ... there is no way adding a valve should void anything.
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    Re: Pool Drainage

    Oh they'll add one. But it's not free lol. Actually, on the back of my filter there is a drain cap and I can hook up a garden hose to that. Slower drain, but better than nothing, should the need arise. I'm still waiting for delivery of my TF-100 kit so I can start doing my own testing
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    Re: Pool Drainage

    Yeah you can use the filter drain, just will be slower.
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    Re: Pool Drainage

    I can't believe, for the cost of installing a pool, they didn't give me a better drainage option. But then again, until a week ago, I wasn't smart enough to do my own research on maintaining my own pool. Thanks for the help!
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    Re: Pool Drainage

    At least they plumbed the floor drains and skimmers separately so you even have the option of draining below the skimmer
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    Re: Pool Drainage

    Just take the lid off that puck feeder with the pump on. That'll empty things.

    You could even keep it fairly clean. Measure the circumference of that thing. If it's less than 22". you could buy this and clamp or duct tape it around the body and unroll it out like a backwash hose.

    Myself? I'd just saw through that short pipe between the pump and the filter, and recreate it with a T instead of a 90 and install a valve or garden hose faucet there.
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    Re: Pool Drainage

    If I weren't afraid of voiding warranties, I'd certainly be doing as you suggest Richard. Thanks for the insight, both of you
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