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Why does the pool pump lose its prime when you hook the vacuum into the skimmer?
Blanche, Like a siphon hose, once you get liquid flowing you do not want air to get in or it will interrupt the flow of liquid. If there is air in the line (vacuum hose) and no check valve (which stops this problem), you will lose prime.
IF YOU WANT AVOID LOSING VACUUM WHEN HOOKING UP YOUR POOL CLEANER HOOK POOL CLEANER TO THE END OF THE POOL HOSE TO BE USED (SWIVEL CUFF END). PUT HOSE IN POOL ALONG WITH CLEANER ON IT THEN WHERE THE WATER COMES OUT OF THE POOL INLET PLACE ON INLET FORCING WATER INTO THE THE HOSE FROM POOL PUMP, WHEN THE HOSE IS FULL THE POOL CLEANER WILL START BLOWING OUT AIR FROM THE HOSE AND FLOAT TO THE TOP AND THEN SINK AGAIN ONCE FULL OF WATER, THEN HOOK TO YOUR SKIMMER .IT SHOULD START CLEANING AFTER THAT
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Can you run the pool without the skimmer just using the main drain for circulation if you think you have a leak in the underground pipe from the skimmer to the pump?
Sure you can. You'll need to use a net to clean the junk off the top often so it doesn't sink and cause stains or clog up the main drain. You can however it wou…ld be a good Idea to repair or replace the existing skimmer with a different method of skimming say a suction side floating skimmer as there are many materials that float to the top of a swimming pool that may be hazardous to health RB
No definitely not The skimmer basket is there to catch gross material like leaves etc you clean it out after and/or during vacuming the pool. There is another basket in front …of the pool pump that also needs emptying occasionally. These baskets are there to protect the impeller of the pump. With most standard pools you must first take the skimmer basket out in order to connect the vac hose. This direct hookup will result in better suction at the vac head at the other end of the hose.
Priming a Pump To prime a swimming pool pump when the motor is in operation and the pressure gauge has 0 lbs. of pressure you will first need to turn the motor off. Tak…e off the strainer basket lid and fill the strainer basket with water until some water is running back through the incoming line. Replace the pump basket, close the lid and tighten the t-bolts or clamps. Some have a twist type lid. It just depends on the brand and model of your pump. If you have an air relief valve open it to remove extra air from the filter tank. Turn the motor back on. Close the air relief valve when water comes out.(If yours is equipped with one) If the pump will not prime, do these steps again. Don't let the pump run over 30 seconds when trying to prime. You do not want to burn it up. I hope this helps you. Answer:: 30 seconds is a bit quick. You can go up to as much as 5 or even 10 minutes. If after trying the above method a couple of times with no apparent or promising results try putting a garden hose in the skimmer blocking it in with a rag or your hands. Have someone turn on the water and the pump letting the pump draw water from the hose. Let that helper tell you when the water is beginning to get sucked into the pump. You can probably feel when the pump is sucking. Remove the rag and hose and let the pump continue to "prime". ( be careful not to let the rag get sucked into the skimmer hole). Bleed off any trapped air also during this process. K
No leave it there otherwise all the leaves and rubbish will end up in the hair filter in front of the pump or worse still in the pumps impeller if you don't have a hair …filter.
I have a pump that has a catch basin where leaves and other debris is collected. Two screws hold the top onto the catch basin. When I remove the basket inside, there is water …in there along with the basket. With your pump OFF, remove the top to the catch basin. Empty an debris in the basket. Fill a bucket with water and pour the water into this catch basin. (Note that you will only be able to fill it so far, and the rest will go into your pool. As long as you have some water (6-8 inches) in the catch basin, you won't have to worry about running the pump in a dry state.) Replace the basket and the top to the catch basin and screw the top on snugly. Make sure your filter handle is in the position to circulate the water. Turn on the pump. If these instructions do not work, turn off the pump immediately and consult a pool supply company, or a pool repair company for advice. : I agree with the above comment. To improve on it: If you have a valve in front of the pump, close it before opening up the pump. Fill the pump housing up comletely with a water hose/bucket. Open and close the valve as many times as needed until you no longer get the "burping" action. Make sure the water level stays full while you're doing it. This will help get any air out of the lines, so that the pump primes more quickly once you turn the pump back on. P.S. Don't forget the re-open the valve. If pump still does not prime, you may have a leak in the plumbing. Check the nipples going in and out of the pump first to make sure they are not sucking air in. Check any valve bodies for same. Seal any leaks and repair/replace as soon as possible. I can answer any pool-related questions at anjeli-klean.com
Answer You leave your pool filter set to filter hook up hose with a vacume attachment vacume with filter set to filter or to and then backwash you filter if you… have a sand type filter you can also vacume while filter is set to waste but you will need to add water when done. If you have a cartridge type vacume set at filter then remove filter cartridge and clean or replace.
You should have a vacuum plate to cover them both. if you have not just take the basket out of one of them and block of the hole with something that cant get sucked down… into it. Doing this will strengthen the suction on the other side and make vacuuming better.
yes in order for the pump to work the water has to be over it
If you have a dedicated suction for the vacuum hose (illegal in Australia) then you close the skimmer to increase suction.
One way: Remove the pump lid and add water to the top of the pot. Close the pot lid and start the pump. Let run 2 to 4 min to see if the water will come into the pot on …it's own. You may have to try this 2 - 3 times. Other way: Force a hose into the skimmer, plug the extra space around the hose with a rag DON'T FORGET TO REMOVE THE RAG AS THE PUMP STARTS TO DRAW THE WATER THRU THE SKIMMER. Turn on the water on full while having someone hold the hose in the skimmer. As the pump draws water easily remove the hose and monitor. If the pump looses prime then you may have suction leak. That is where air is drawn into the pump and then into the filter. If the latter is the problem then you have to correct or fix the source of the leak.
We have a vinyl liner which has been stretched from water getting under it when we have extremely heavy rains. When the vacuum head glides over this area it sucks the stretche…d vinyl into the hole. I have to pull the vacuum head hard to get it to let go. Sometimes it affects the the filter pull if I don't get it to release quick enough on my end. I have to wait until the filter regains its suction ability before continuing. you. It depends what you mean when you say "the pump stops". If you mean it quits pumping but the motor continues to run, that's because the pump looses suction for some reason like a hole in the suction line. If the motor stops running, that's an electrical problem and maybe that the pump is shutting off on it's overload protector. If so check the amps and volts to the pump and make sure they are correct. You should turn off the pump before you try to remove the vac head then restart the pump after you have relocated the vac head in another area of the pool. K
You probably have air leaking through either your vac hose and/or the valve that controls your vac line. You might try replacing the gaskets on your valve stems and try a new …vac hose. Also important to get the air pout of the hosing you are using to vac wuth before opening the vac line. The pump loosing its vacuum is definitely caused by a poor seal somewhere between the suction of the pump and the suction inlet of your vacuum equipment. In the case of an above ground installation, check all connections of the hose and your vacuum apparatus. In the case of an in ground installation, you could have a crack in the pipes from the pool inlet to the isolation valve close to the pump. To check this, make sure the water level of the pool is ABOVE the connection point where you attach your vacuum hose. Set the filter up for vacuum operation WITHOUT hooking up the vacuum hose. If the pump keeps it's prime, your pipes are probably O.K. Check your vacuum hose and apparatus. If you keep the water level higher than the suction connection in the pool, even if the connection is not 100%, the pump won't loose it's prime.
Answer . I had the same problem once.\nI found that I had a leak in the piping from the skimmers and air was beeing sucked to the pump.\nOnce also a Barracuda pipe got punc…tured and was allowing air to go to the pump.\n.
I think you are referring to a Jandy valve. The valve diverts water from the main drain to the skimmers. When vacuuming, turn the valve so it is pointing to the ski…mmer inlet pipe. OR It could also be called a diverter valve located at the bottom of the skimmer depending on the age of the skimmer. k
Is there a type of portable or floating skimmer that you can run through the vacuum outlet and pipes for your pool if you have a leak in the actual skimmer pipes somewhere underground?
Answer Skimmer being Suction Side of the Equation So the Vacum Outlet Would be Press side of System? Thatsa whole Nother Story I imagine the Pool is Just aSta…ndardone or Two Main drain Config >? If when the pool waa built consideration was given More to well placed Outlets (press) rather than Mains thinking You could Turn youre problem around .. The Kings recomendation at this point would be To dig up the Skim line right at the edge of deck in the dirt and connect a Hose there then run that to a Turtle Floaring Suction sideskimmer all of about an hour or so for a home owner Skimmers usually broken rt there where it can freeze Did ya see water on Gnd where skimmer line is Broke Should only be like 10 in in dirt or so.. The King
After vacuuming your above-ground pool why does the drain water gush explosively from the pool skimmer causing bubbles in the return line after turning the pump off?
Answer Air is getting in to the system somewhere. Check to see if your vacuum hose hase a hole in it. Check the pump strainer lid o-ring, is it lubed prope…ly, cracked or dry rotted?