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A clog in the line. Another way to see if it's a clog is to put your control value to skimmer and then see if water is coming into pool from jet. If it is not being returned pool thru jet it is very definitely a clog in line. Next question should be how to get rid of a clog in line?

AnswerI have found that low water level will cause the skimmer not to operate very well or at all.

Air in the lines, maybe?? Could also be a bad pump seal, loose fittings in and out of the pump, loose or bad o-ring on the pump lid. Or maybe the timer just shut off. Bad motor?? Would have to see or trouble shoot system to give a quality answer.


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Q: What would cause the skimmer basket to lose suction?
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