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    french drain will not pump

    Help wife's pool has a french drain. Pulled liner to replace, water running in pool from cracks in deep end, can not get drain to pump any suggestions. I have tired every thing I know. thanks
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    Re: french drain will not pump

    Is this a submersable pump? Can you pull up the pump to make sure it does not have a clog?
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    Re: french drain will not pump

    No sir drain has no pump just a drain in bottom pipe stubbed out to pumps
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    Re: french drain will not pump

    Sounds like you are referring to main drain in the bottom of the pool. Is the pool mostly empty? The pump probably doesn't have enough suction to lift the water that high when the pool isn't full.
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    Re: french drain will not pump

    No sir the pool has a french drain under bottom drain.
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    Re: french drain will not pump

    Ok count me in the confused club.

    You have a pool with a liner. It has a bottom drain (dual drains?) (actually a suction port on the bottom of the pool). Correct? That is piped to the main pump.

    And you have some other pipe that you call a french drain Under the pool?

    And by french drain you mean a perforated pipe for collecting water and transporting it away? Is it under the pool or beside the pool?

    Can we get a picture?
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    Re: french drain will not pump

    ok drain is under pool bottom in deep end. It has a perforated pipe in gravel rock below pool bottom drain
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    Re: french drain will not pump

    I'm sure you could get more helpful info if you'd post a picture of what you are referring to.
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    Re: french drain will not pump

    Do you have access to the exit pipe? Down a hill or something? Or is it more of a dry well situation? Or is there a sump with a sump pump in it?
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    Re: french drain will not pump

    When they built my pool they put in the same thing which is a gravel "sump" that has a 2" pipe running to it, if you want to drain the pool you can pump the water out from beneath the shell so it won't pop out. I have never tried to use it but I was told thats what its for. I think a true french drain uses gravity to drain.
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    Re: french drain will not pump

    You know you are right, I have read and i have a gravel sump not a french drain oh well what won't a pool builder tell you too get your money. Live and learn but you can not pump sump unless you have a vacuum pump or vac truck. oh well pool guy 1 owner 0.
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    Re: french drain will not pump

    My neighbor when I lived in WI had similar. His had no true sump/pit or anything but was a larger diameter vertical pipe sticking out of the ground and they dropped a submersible pump with a hose down the pipe.
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