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On backwash/filter pump does not suck up any water. Pump is running, but skimmer box no suction. If one fills up the pump, it does pump water out. Blockage in pipe between skimmer box and pump?

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: suction with my pump

First thing to check is the removal of any winterizing plugs in the return lines. Sometimes plugs are fitted inside the lines in the pool making them not obvious. Secondly, check that any valves in return line are open. Many never lube type valve handles are oppositely positioned as compared to ball valves. If the multiport valve hasn't been tampered with, then there really is no other place to look. The flows everywhere but back to pool.

Posted on Apr 24, 2009

XPoolGuy
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SOURCE: No water coming out when I backwash. I cleaned

water level must be about the discharge (eyeball) in the pool to back wash. Check the hose connections to make sure that hoses off the the filer head are going to the right place Look for the words "Pump" , "pool" and "waste" molded into the valve. I've seen it a number of times where "Pump" and "pool" were connected the wrong way.

Posted on Jul 04, 2009

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SOURCE: my pool sand filter pump isnt filtering the water

sounds like the sand has clumped together inside filter. you can open filter and replace sand charge or dump into wheel barrow loosen sand and flush clean with hose and put back in

Posted on Jul 17, 2009

john224
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SOURCE: water running through the backwash valve when in filter position

Open the valve and replace the "wagon wheel" looking gasket that sits below the diverter.

Posted on Aug 18, 2009

aquaman987
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SOURCE: I have a 1hp sta-rite

It sounds like there was a lack of water to the reservoir, which is, I assume the inlet reservoir with the basket strainer in it.
1. Is your water level in the pool high enough to keep the reservoir full?
2. There is an o-ring or gasket on the reservoir cover, is it there and lubricated so there is no air leakage?
3. Put a garden hose into the open reservoir to see if the pump moves this water out.
Do all of this with the filter set to just go back to the pool so you can see the results.
Try this and comment back.
Good Luck,
Gary

Posted on Dec 11, 2010

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Suction of a pump has nothing to do with an extra hose.
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