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Hello I have two Baker Hydro Skimmers in my 30 year old pool. From what I can tell the main drian was capped. Im only running on skimmers now. The drain is opened and I'm going to a side by side drain system. Is it neccessary to have a seperate pipe from the main drains to my pump?

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It is highly advisable to have a separate return line from any bottom or side drain plumbing. It is also advisable to have an on/off valve on this line. This allows for greater control of your filtration, assists when repairs are required and is most useful when seasonally closing the pool.


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