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TampaKathy

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Oct 2, 2020
777
Tampa, FL
Whether or not you have to drain to the street might depend on your yard...my pool overflow just runs into my grass but i have a big yard and it does not flood the yard or bother anyone else. Also, I believe where I live, at least, it is illegal to drain into the street (hopefully the PB would know if this is the case).
 
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JHouhou

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Jun 12, 2022
17
Houston
Whether or not you have to drain to the street might depend on your yard...my pool overflow just runs into my grass but i have a big yard and it does not flood the yard or bother anyone else. Also, I believe where I live, at least, it is illegal to drain into the street (hopefully the PB would know if this is the case).
I will be sure to ask about the legality of doing that and even research it to confirm but hopefully he does know since he lives in the area and has serviced it for decades.
 

twillux

Active member
Oct 20, 2020
30
Baton Rouge, LA
Pool Size
12000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Hayward Turbo Cell (T-CELL-5)
@twillux: So I mentioned to the PB that we wanted to get pricing on adding an auto water leveler that both fills and drains and his response was that the pool will have an auto fill line and pool overflow, it’s standard. What he does not know yet is if we will have to run a second drain to the street. Is this what you were recommending or is it in addition to what he mentioned?
That’s encouraging, and sounds like he is planning to include a leveler. The levelers I’m familiar with are simple buckets that look like the skimmer and have a float valve tied to your house water supply. The entire install may not exactly be cheap, as a plumber has to install a T at an existing hose bib and a back flow preventer to run water to the float, which then opens and equalized the water if the pool level drops too low. The drain line is another piece of pipe level with the maximum desired water line, and it does indeed need to run that excess water out to a sewer or storm drain. There are city guidelines to consider regarding where you are allowed to drain. If he’s already included that setup in your price, so much the better!
 

JHouhou

Member
Jun 12, 2022
17
Houston
That’s encouraging, and sounds like he is planning to include a leveler. The levelers I’m familiar with are simple buckets that look like the skimmer and have a float valve tied to your house water supply. The entire install may not exactly be cheap, as a plumber has to install a T at an existing hose bib and a back flow preventer to run water to the float, which then opens and equalized the water if the pool level drops too low. The drain line is another piece of pipe level with the maximum desired water line, and it does indeed need to run that excess water out to a sewer or storm drain. There are city guidelines to consider regarding where you are allowed to drain. If he’s already included that setup in your price, so much the better!
Thank you all for the feedback. The PB has been fine with all changes or requests I made in response to everyone’s guidance, many thanks again. We are scheduled to sign our contract tomorrow and I will be sure to keep the forum updated with the build once we get started.
 

bmoreswim

Mod Squad
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Jul 16, 2012
7,127
Central MD
Pool Size
27000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Hayward Aqua Rite (T-15)
I'd recommend getting whatever decrease you can get and remove any vacuum/robot from your contract. Then you can make your choice as a separate decision. But definitely don't have them install a booster pump for a cleaner. Ideally you'd get a robot. The masses have spoken on that. Some do like other cleaners but we a large volume of positive feedback on how robots work. I'm one for sure, and I had a pressure side cleaner first.
 

JHouhou

Member
Jun 12, 2022
17
Houston
Soooo things have started moving in our pool build as we have completed the dig, rebar, gunite sprayed, and we are now on day 3 of watering.

Our builder mentioned he was planning to try to finish our pool next week (1 week in on gunite) but I am thinking we need to delay until the following week to allow for 10-days of watering the gunite shell. Am I correct?

I don’t want things moving too quickly at the cost of risking harming our pool build’s quality in any way. Also, I am working on trying to upload progress photos now, fyi but I am getting error messages that my files are too large for the server.