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I have a Polaris booster pump directly connected to the filter and the return line without any valves, recently i have been noticing water dripping from the underside of the B.pump. could this be the cause of some air pockets seen in the pool pump and/or sluggish performance of the polaris cleaner? thanks GUS

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Make sure booster pump only runs when filter is on or you will damage seals you need new seals

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SOURCE: my pool sand filter pump isnt filtering the water

could possbly be a bad gasket on the vari-flow valve. When is the last time you backwashed?

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The problem is a malfunctioning check valve. It'll be somewhere in the line on the pump output side. If it's not a separate fitting it'll be in the line, probably in an elbow.

Need further info, let me know...


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SOURCE: water dripping out of backwash port when handle is on filter

You might have it overfilled with sand. It's getting into the seats of the valves.

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SOURCE: My swimming pool filter returns dirty water to the

Might you have a broken lateral in the bottom of your filter and what you are seeing is sand coming into the pool?

Do you backwash daily or more often? (You should) Do you have a multi-port vavle or other type?

Im thinking broken lateral. Sucking air in and of itself will not cause dirt to return to the pool.

Whats a lateral? There is a series of pipes in the bottom of the sand with small holes in them. These holes allow water to travel in and out depending on whether you are filtering or back washing ... but not sand. If you have sand, you have a broken pipe.

Open the filter and remove the sand into a bucket to inspect the laterals.

I hope this works for you.


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SOURCE: hooking up filter to pump and pool

This website contains a copy of the owners manual for the S180T pool filter. It should have all of the information that you need.

It is in PDF format. let me know if you have any trouble opening it.

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How does polaris work

It is a random traveling, in the pool, cleaning unit.
It can either be driven by water flow without a booster pump, or by pressure, which would require an additional booster pump. This will be plumbed so that its intake comes off of the main pumps return line and then a dedicated discharge line to feed the in pool cleaning head.
There are different types designated by a 3 digit model number. x80 = needing a booster pump and x60 - no need of booster pump. These work off of the return lines coming back to pool from main pump. All of the in the pool return fittings will need to be dramatically reduced down except for one (1) where you feed the unit from.

Then there are suction style that plug into a skimmer or dedicated suction port. These will bring debris directly into the pump hair & lint pot basket and the finer stuff into the filter. Where the Pressure style cleaners have their own catch bag.

Another cool thing is they are equipped with a "Back Up Valve" this little doohickey will pick up the unit every 4-6 minutes and get out of any stuck predicament, like steps, ladders, corners, etc. and send it back on its way in a different part of the pool, pretty cool huh?

Good luck

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Thank you for posting your question here on

Have you cleaned or replaced the in-line filter found at the wall socket? How about the pressure valve found just after the wall it fully open, possibly allowing too much water to bypass the cleaner and return to the pool?

How about the main filter? If overall system flow is reduced because of a dirty main filter the booster pump would be 'boosting' lower than normal pressure so the net result at the cleaner is reduced as well. A cartridge filter is especially problematic here. It can look clean after rinsing it but after enough use the element needs to be replaced to restore original system flow.

Are there multiple return paths for water back to the pool that have valves? Can you throttle down a return to, say a spa for example, to force more water to the dedicated line for the cleaner?

If this answer does not fix your problem, please comment with additional details prior to rating the answer. Positive feedback is appreciated once your problem is solved!


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