Drain water with automatic cover?


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Jan 4, 2016
I have a solid automatic safety cover, gizmos and L shaped pvc fittings that go above water level for returns. Can i install all of these and blow out without draining or should i drain below skimmer? Cover sags so much when i drain below skimmers. I have drained in the past but this is a brand new cover and do not want to put unneeded stress on it.

Rocket J Squirrel

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Jun 7, 2018
Alamo, CA
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Auto-covers are designed to rest on the pool water. You will damage the auto-cover if you drain the pool and close the auto-cover.

If you are going to drain, you must fully open the auto-cover and use a separate winter cover for the off season.
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