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The skimmer is the healthiest method for removing water from a pool for filtration at all times

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Q: When you do want to use the skimmer vs the drain on an inground pool?
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Can you drain an inground pool with the pools back wash?

Depends on your setup. Do you have a working bottom drain and a side skimmer basket? I only have the side skimmer basket, so once the level goes below the skimmer the pump will run dry. I have to attach a vacuum line to my skimmer basket so that the vacuum head sits at the bottom of the pool then I can backwash as much water out as I want. You should note that I have read draining all the water from an inground pool will damage the pool as the walls and liner rely on the water pressure to keep shape.

How do you remove excess rain water in inground pool?

To remove excess rain water in an inground pool, you likely want to get a filter. You can also install a drain at the very bottom of the pool, but this will need to be closed if there were water in the pool for swimming.

How do you get rid of leaches in swimming pool?

you could drain the pool, but if you don't want to drain your pool, you could get a pool skimmer and get all of the leaches out of your pool and then carry the leaches to a near by sewer, or a murky pond/lake/river.

Cost to install an inground pool?

it cost from $15K to $100k depending on what you want and where you are.

Should the main drain be open slightly along with the skimmer for filtering purposes?

Not necessary. The main drain just sends water down the city drains, filtering just pumps the water from the scuppers, through the filter and back into the pool. The cycling is fine until you want to drain the pool for some reason.

I can't decide on a liner color for my inground pool and am leaning to a darker color any suggestions?

depends on how you want the pool to look,! do you want a blue looking pool, green Etc,

Do I want a center drain in an above ground pool?


I want to repaint my 12ft inground pool. Can i empty it without any problems?

make sure u remove the plug in the drain at the bottom of the pool,this allows any water that may have accumulated under the pool from seepage to evaporate and equalizes the pressure that may be created by emptying ur pool. You will need to go to Lowe's or Home Depot and buy a high power pump to empty the pool. Also you will need an unclogged drain near the pool for all the water to empty into.

Can an inground pool be 17 feet deep?

An unground pool can be 17 feet deep if you really want it to be. You must follow certain safety rules with a pool of this depth though.

How does a main drain work in a pool?

The main drain is positioned at the lowest point of the pool. The main drain has a perforated pipe in its base which is set in gravel in a pit at the deepest part of a pool. a pipe connects the side of the main drain to the skimmer box.That has got to be one of the worst answers I have ever seen in this forum. Not only would there be no suction but the pool would leak like a sieve. Try taking a straw and drilling a bunch of holes in it and then try drinking through it. Main drains are connected to the pump either with a dedicated solid pipe or into the front port of a skimmer. It is controlled by a 3 port valve if dedicated or a diverter valve in the bottom of the skimmer if that type is used.First answer, in bold type got "main drain" confused with a "sump line" as is sometimes used in areas where groundwater seeps into swimming pool hole under the liner. In such cases, a sump line is sometimes installed as described in the bold answer and connected to the pool filter pump so if water collects under liner causing liner to float away from pool bottom, sump line can be used to move water under liner to either into the pool liner, or out the waste line and away from the pool. But in such case, the sump line would never connect to skimmer and would instead connect near filter pump inlet with a dedicated valve bank to control water flow from pool or sump line since you wouldn't want to drain the pool while draining water from underneath the pool liner, and you wouldn't want pool water getting under the liner when filter system is turned off either.

How much does an inground swimming pool cost?

If you want to put in an inground swimming pool, expect to pay at least $20,000 for most basic models. $20,000 to $30,000 is the typical cost. For pools that are very deep or large, or customized, prices can easily reach $50,000.

How do you drain an in-ground pool using the filter?

The problem with that is that most in ground pools drain through the skimmer at the surface of the water. sot the thing to do it get a hose connected to the skimmer intake, taking care that not too much air gets into the system, and throw the end of the hose on the floor of the pool. so long as no air robs the system of prime and you have a reasonable pump you should be able to empty it. It would be wise to keep an eye on it as you are doing this. ( You wouldn't want to wreck the pump) a safer way is to hire a submersible pump to do it.

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