I think the only thing that causes water to shoot back is when air has been pulled into the filtration system. This usually happens on the suction side, between the skimmer and the pump. The air will accumulate in the top of the filter. It is subject to the same amount of pressure as the water in the system, but air will compress and store the pressure, like in an air tank. When the pump is turned off the air expands back to it's original volume, pushing out the water in the tubes connected to the filter. But an 8 foot spray sounds like a lot of pressure! Check the pump basket lid seal/o-ring for leakage. Watch it when you switch off the pump. If the water in the basket disappears, the problem is air in the filter. With the pump running, check to be sure the hose from the skimmer is not collapsing. Also if there is a tube on the return side of the system that is not in use and is capped at the pool, it may be filled with air and storing the pressure. I can't think of anything else. Good luck. One other thing. After you replaced the sand in the filter, did you run the pump with the valve in the backwash position for about 2 minutes to purge the air from the filter?
A lot of above ground pools only have 1 inlet, what you need to remember is the skimmer removes floating items from the top of the pool so keep the skimmer basket clean, and you may have too vacuum more often without a middle inlet, but sometimes you have to do what is nessary to keep everyone happy, just make sure you keep the skimmer basket clean and the water level above the inlet or you will burn the pump up. Added: You also have a big problem if anything gets caught in the skimmer inlet because there is no other inlet to relieve pressure from the pump. So a hand caught in the skimmer pipe under the basket would become a big problem. As far as if it will filter the water, I think the test is if the water turns green.
If bugs are'nt filtering out of your pool and you have a filter, obviously your filter is'nt working. Hope this helped. Bugs will naturally swim away from a strong current that is drawing them to a certain point. If the bug is not drawn into either the skimmer or the main drain grate they will never get to the filter. Even then, they will get caught in the skimmer basket or the pump basket. The filter is not intended for catching the bugs - that is what leaf skimmers are for. If thebug is on the bottom of the pool you can then vac it up but still it will only go as far as the pump basket.
If you have the regular set up that includes a skimmer, pump and filter then you don't have to waste any water. Get an lid-to-hose adapter, that fits over the skimmer basket at your pool supply store. Fill the hose with water and attach it to the lid. Place the lid inside the skimmer over the skimmer basket, then vacuum to your hearts content. Pool Masters
The pool skimmer is the part of the system that the water overflows into for the pump to pump it thru the filter and other accessories. There is usually a screen or mesh basket to catch large debris before it enters the pump. On above ground pools it will be found hanging on the outside of the pool near the top. In-ground pools can have the skimmer placed anywhere along the perimeter with a basket or screen accessible for cleaning.
yes, it is perfectly ok to put tabs in skimmer basket. +++ NO: it is NOT OK - unless the manufacturers of the particular skimmers, pumps and filters on your pool advise it is permissible. Buy either a proper in-line tablet feeder (it goes in the return pipe downstream from the filter) or floating basket-type tablet dispensers. The skimmers are NOT chemical dispensers.
I put water in the filter box and when I turn on the filter water is not circulating thru the chlorinator as if there is a blockage. I have cleaned both the areas and th skimmer basket and the basket to the filter are both clean. I have tried the waste cycle and the water is not escaping. Its very frustration as I generally use half a bucket to get it going and its now not going. Please help Regards Paul P
loss of suction can be caused by several things: The skimmer basket(s) need to be cleaned. The pump basket needs to be cleaned. The filter may need to be cleaned. If a sand filter: backwash and rinse the filter thoroughly. There could be an air leak in the plumbing. Something could be inhibiting the pump from pushing water normally. Check the impeller inside the pump for debris that could be stuck.
How do you know that the main drain is plugged? When was the last time that you back washed or cleaned the filter? If there is no flow at the main drain - check to see if a valve has been closed or adjust the variflow valve in the skimmer - located at the bottom of the skimmer- if you have that type of skimmer. Also check the pump basket - it may be full of debris.k
After the filter has been backwashed, the filter valve is switched back to filter and the DE is added to the skimmer. The amount of DE to use should be shown on the filter and depends on the size of the filter area. The DE should first be mixed in a bucket with water then poured into the skimmer with the filter running.
The answer is not in the skimmer. Skimmers do not have "pressure" however, they would have suction. The suction is generated by the pump ~ the smaller part, in size, of the circulation system at the equipment pad. The pump is the small cylinder or coned shaped object that has a motor attached to it. The other object on that pad would be the larger cylinder, cannister, plastic shell or whatever is called the filter. Back to the pump. Is the pump running? If not, why? Turn on the pump then check the skimmer. If you have water movement, all could be OK. When was the last time that you have actually opened the pump lid to empty the basket of all the debris ~ leaves, bugs, hair etc. Turn off the power to the pump and empty the basket. This task should be performed, at least, weekly. If the pump will not start then you have a problem either with the pump or the circuit breaker or both. Reset the circuit breaker, turn on the pump. What is the pressure on the filter tank? 15# or higher. Back wash the filter if that is the type system you have. If the motor will not start then, after performing the above tasks, you may have a bad motor. After back washing the filter and the system is running ~ recheck the skimmer for flow. If you seem to have a strong flow then the problem(s) have been solved. ( Dirty filter, dirty or full skimmer or pump baskets. Other possibilities: Another possibility is that you may actually have something in the suction lines plugging it or restricting it. Have you vaced the pool lately? What did you vacuum up? Is the water level at the middle of the skimmer throat or high enough for water to enter into the skimmer and flow to the pump without sucking air? You may need to add water to the pool.
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