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    how can i tell if i have an auto drain

    my neighbor says his pool automatically drains for when the water gets too high and talks like maybe it is normal for pools. It has been raining a lot here and my pool water is about an inch from the top of my skimmer opening.

    Is there any way to tell if i have an auto drain?

    Seems like maybe not since the water is so high.
    Tulsa, OK,Gunite inground pool - lagoon finish - 20,000 gallons
    Hot tub in one corner that is raised about 3 feet and has two spillovers into the pool
    Small side pool with two pipes that jet up water and has two spillovers into the pool
    Has a sundeck at the front

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    Re: how can i tell if i have an auto drain

    ttc,

    Most, if not all, 'Auto' drains are just an overflow port that empties into your deck drains...

    Mine is just a pipe with a cover that is mounted just below the coping, as the water fills up in the pool, anything much higher than about half way up the skimmer will just drain to the street. It is quite obvious, it is not hidden..

    I have heard of others that drain through a hole in the back of the skimmer.

    My guess is that you do not have one.

    If possible, you do not want your pool water to get above the bottom of the coping.. Water will try to flow between the coping the bond beam and compromise the joint.. Probably not a major issue for this to happen once, but you would not want it to happen over and over...

    If you have a hose bib, or garden hose faucet, at your equipment pad, you can open that while running the pump and it will allow you to drain some of your pool.. you just have to watch it like a Hawk so you can prevent the water from getting below the skimmer mouth. It would of course make sense to have a hose attached to get the water away from your equipment...

    Thanks for posting,

    Jim R.
    Finished in 2015 - 17K Gal, IG, 20' x 25' Almost Rectangular Pool, Pebble finish, three rockport water falls. Pentair Equipment: EasyTouch 4, IC40 SWG, 3 HP VS Pump, CCP520 Cartridge Filter.
    TF100 with SpeedStir and SampleSizer, ColorQ Pro 7, Dolphin Premier Robot Cleaner, added Screen Logic 2, added small 3 person Caldera Spa.

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    Re: how can i tell if i have an auto drain

    ok, I dont see anything obvious so I must not have one.

    I have a valve I can open when the pump is running that shoots the water out into the yard. I am working on attaching a hose so I can drain it to my french drain but for now I will just dump it in the yard. (which drains to the french drain)
    Tulsa, OK,Gunite inground pool - lagoon finish - 20,000 gallons
    Hot tub in one corner that is raised about 3 feet and has two spillovers into the pool
    Small side pool with two pipes that jet up water and has two spillovers into the pool
    Has a sundeck at the front

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    Re: how can i tell if i have an auto drain

    ttc,

    Sounds like a plan to me... Remember to keep a close eye on the water level...

    Jim R.
    Finished in 2015 - 17K Gal, IG, 20' x 25' Almost Rectangular Pool, Pebble finish, three rockport water falls. Pentair Equipment: EasyTouch 4, IC40 SWG, 3 HP VS Pump, CCP520 Cartridge Filter.
    TF100 with SpeedStir and SampleSizer, ColorQ Pro 7, Dolphin Premier Robot Cleaner, added Screen Logic 2, added small 3 person Caldera Spa.

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