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    Proper Suction

    Should, I be able to feel the suction through my skimmer basket? I generally have stuff in my basket, but I feel no resistance when pulling it out. With it out, if I put my hand near the suction I can feel some suction then, but if I put a sponge ball at the bottom of my basket it will not stick under water that's for sure. I am getting stuff in my pump basket and in my skimmer baskets so I'm not terribly concerned, but just want to know if its operating like normal.
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    Re: Proper Suction

    It's possible that some of your suction is diverted, coming from your main drains and/or other skimmer. I would suspect that if you had a valve to close-off or adjust all the other suction areas, that one skimmer basket would receive more suction since it's no longer sharing the flow. Make sense?
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    Re: Proper Suction

    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Splash View Post
    It's possible that some of your suction is diverted, coming from your main drains and/or other skimmer. I would suspect that if you had a valve to close-off or adjust all the other suction areas, that one skimmer basket would receive more suction since it's no longer sharing the flow. Make sense?
    Definitely, I have 2 drains and 2 skimmers, so maybe its normal suction, just seems like I should be able to feel it sucking water down if its going to pull debris into the basket. I'm going to go with the theory its working fine
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    ~3 ft shallow ~ 6 ft deep ~38 ft x 17 ft Freeform shape Pebbletec Finish
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    Dolphin Oasis Z5 - PHPF1.0 Pump - Jandy CV340 Filter
    Fort Mill, SC

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    Re: Proper Suction

    You have a weir door in your skimmer inlet right?

    that's one of the key things that creates the vortex in the skimmer and allows it to draw debris down
    into the basket.

    if you have the weir door (as everyone should) then yes likely your valve settings.
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    Re: Proper Suction

    yes both skimmers have a weir door, it doesn't move all that much, but it doesnt feel stuck or anything like that. and generally everyday I have stuff in my baskets to clean out, so I think I'm good, I just wish there was a better way to know my suction level is normal
    2010 In Ground ~ 12-15,000 Gallon estimated
    ~3 ft shallow ~ 6 ft deep ~38 ft x 17 ft Freeform shape Pebbletec Finish
    2 Drains, 2 Skimmers, Sidewall Vacuum (Not in Use)
    Dolphin Oasis Z5 - PHPF1.0 Pump - Jandy CV340 Filter
    Fort Mill, SC

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