My pool, about 10 years old, has a "fake" overflow. There is a grate in the pool itself, and a short PVC pipe, then it attaches to a flexible pipe that goes UP into the landscaping behind the pool.
Needless to say, it is pretty useless, since UP does me no good at all. As it is now, the excess water just makes its way around the back side of the pool shell I suppose. I do wonder if the flow of water may have undermined the pool itself. When the pool gets a lot of rain, it slowly gets out this fake overflow, not fast enough to prevent the pool from running over the edge in a heavy rain but it will drain an inch a day or something like that, until the water level is below the fake overflow.
In addition to this bogus overflow, this pool had a leak for the first 8 years, from the time it was built to the time we bought the property, so I think the concerns about damage from water flow are possibly serious.
So, we are thinking about how to run that line to a place that will do some good when we get 4" and 8" rains like we do here in Houston from time to time.
Now, as opposed to when the pool was built, you are allowed to drain into the sewer. But I fear that getting from the back yard to the front where the sewer clean out is will be tricky. Lots of tree roots and an old established sprinkler system to cross, as well as the pool lines themselves.
The other option is just to run the line partway, so that it drains onto the grass at some lower level in the side yard, not all the way to the front where the sewer is.
Does anyone have any advice or comments to offer? Should I pursue this, or reconsider?