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Starting my pool for the first time after winter

My return jet is sucking in water when I turn my filter on no idea why.
Water is just shooting out the top of my filter.

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  • james aurienne May 11, 2010

    are hoses hooked backwards



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Sounds like your hoses are all mixed up on your filter. The filter valve should have labels telling where the hose from the pump to the filter goes, then the filter to the pool.

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