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    prevent water in skimmer in a closed pool

    We had one inch of rain and my skimmer is full of water.

    How come we do not just cover the entire skimmer lid area with the sheet of plastic to keep water from going in entirely? Drape it in the pool & well beyond all sides of the skimmer lid.

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    Re: prevent water in skimmer in a closed pool

    We need a little more info. Is your skimmer sealed from the pool with a skimmer door? And is your pool winterized?

    If it's sealed from the pool with a door then covering the skimmer to keep the rain out seems like a good idea.
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    Re: prevent water in skimmer in a closed pool

    They make Blow Through Extensions and Ultra Gizmos to seal skimmer plumbing and to protect against ice expansion.

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    Re: prevent water in skimmer in a closed pool

    I do cover my skimmer opening with a sheet of plastic just as you described. I also put the skimmer cover inside a gallon zip-lock bag and place it back over the opening (zip-lock helps it to seal tightly). I also place a bottle of pool anti-freeze in the skimmer with the cap loosened. If water does get in the skimmer and start to freeze it will crush bottle instead of cracking skimmer walls ( I hope!)

    The water in the pool is lowered below the skimmer opening and kept lower all winter by running a sump pump I place in the pool when I close it.
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    Re: prevent water in skimmer in a closed pool

    I just cram my skimmer full of scrap closed-cell packing foam. Little room for water.
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    Re: prevent water in skimmer in a closed pool

    Quote Originally Posted by Bama Rambler
    We need a little more info. Is your skimmer sealed from the pool with a skimmer door?
    That same flap that is present in summer
    And is your pool winterized?
    yes

    If it's sealed from the pool with a door then covering the skimmer to keep the rain out seems like a good idea.
    Thanks to all, this helps me.
    19,800 gallons (closed/winter 18,654 gal); plaster; 18x34 Ft kidney bean shape, Depth 3Ft-5Ft. Built 1992
    Pentair Whisper Flow Pump 1HP. Winter safety cover w anchors.
    Sand filter, Pentair Sand Dollar Top Mount Model SD80; Effective Filtration Area 3.5SF
    - FlowRate 75GPM, 8Hr 36,000, 10Hr 45,000, 12Hr 54,000; Pressure Weight 50PSI
    BBB (Hayward Chlorinator when leave town). Polaris 360 cleaner.

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