Can I close my bottom drain?

dschribs

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Mar 14, 2013
363
CT
#1
I have tons of pollen and little "tree seed helicopters" on the surface of my pool right now. The skimmer isn't able to keep up so I'm manually skimming a few times a day.

Can I shut off my bottom drain completely for a few days to increase the power of my skimmer??
 

Richard320

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Jan 6, 2010
20,322
San Dimas, CA (LA County)
#2
Yes, you can. I throttled mine back just to the point where I can detect a difference in the turbulence in the skimmer from no drain, so it's hardly any flow through the drain at all. Just enough to minimize temperature stratification.
 

dschribs

Well-known member
Mar 14, 2013
363
CT
#3
That explains it.

I have my bottom drain opened 100% at the moment. That will change as soon as I get home from work today.

Thanks!!
 

pooldv

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Aug 10, 2012
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DFW, TX
#4
Yep, I keep mine about 80% skimmer 20% drain. That way if the skimmer clogs up the pump can still get water from the drain. I only switch to 100% drain when I am brushing. I brush to the drain and don't have to vacuum. Handy! Especially since I don't have a vacuum! :-D