Texas Winters; Waterfall, Leaves, Draining.

wedward

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Oct 20, 2018
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McKinney, TX
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Thanks for the post - I hadn't thought of draining the water feature/fall - I'm right down the road from you ChristiK - in McKinney. I left it on all last winter, but maybe I need to drain it this winter. Been scooping leaves non-stop to allow the skimmers to flow and now have low water level too, with near frozen hoses. Taking forever to add water.
 
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Poolmama!

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Feb 20, 2019
91
Dallas, Tx
We're in this same area, and I'm beginning to think draining the waterfall pump and turning it off completely is a good idea. The 'Whisperflo' pump is anything but quiet like a whisper (and it's on our bedroom wall) and it's not energy efficient (not variable speed). Seems like a big waste of money. Up until the water cooled off, keeping the pH down has also been an ongoing battle...wondering what all the aeration from the waterfall running so much will do. CSI is getting too low due to water temp, so higher pH won't help at all. Hmmmmmm......
 

ajw22

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Jul 21, 2013
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Northern NJ
Now to find a better way to get the leaves out (Dolphin chokes, poolmaster is a PITA, and my trees are laughing at me non-stop).
Raking the leaves out using a good leaf rake is the best way I have found. Run the edge of the leaf rake along the bottom of the pool and the leaves get picked up by the basket.

 

wedward

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Oct 20, 2018
27
McKinney, TX
Raking the leaves out using a good leaf rake is the best way I have found. Run the edge of the leaf rake along the bottom of the pool and the leaves get picked up by the basket.
Yes - I do this now, but I think I need a longer pole. Plus it's **** on my back. Been looking at the surface skimming robots but they look like they'd get jammed quickly and I'd be out there cleaning it out every 10 minutes. I'll just have to get it done enough so the Dolphin can get back in the game and help.