How to turn skimmers off


Jul 7, 2019
Dallas, Texas
I’m draining my in ground pool to decrease cya and ch. once it went below side skimmer, it sucker air and stopped draining. How can I turn off side skimmer? I’m not sure which valve does it. Thank you!!



Gold Supporter
TFP Guide
Jul 21, 2013
Northern NJ
It does not look like you have any valves on the suction side of your pump to select skimmer or main drain.

Use a submersible pump to drain the pool.


Silver Supporter
Jul 29, 2018
Katy, Texas
If there are two holes at the bottom of the skimmer housing, you may be able to get a hose to connect the open one to the other (which probably has a cover on it). The second hole should run to the floor drain in the pool. The little hose will probably be cheaper than a submersible pump, although the pump may have other uses for you and be simpler to deploy.