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    Return Line Issues

    So first the background.... 40 by 20 in ground with 3 return lines and 2 skimmers. 2 of our 3 return lines will not push water. I have capped off 2 lines and tried to run water through just one of the deficient returns but nothing will come out. However I can push water through from the pool side with a hose on one end and a shop vac sucking from the other where the return pipe comes out of the ground to go to the filter. Also a pool service tech was able to push air through from the filter side to the pool side with a 5 hp blower. Any thoughts?

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    Re: Return Line Issues

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    How about using a plumber's snake to push it through?

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    Re: Return Line Issues

    I tried a plumbers snake it, gets to a point where it either can't make a bend or it is hitting the clog andcannot push it

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    Re: Return Line Issues

    Did you remove the return eyeball? Did you try from the return side?

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    Re: Return Line Issues

    It will go in from the return side a good ways, with the eyeball out before it hits the clog or impassable bend. When going in from the filter side I can't tell if it's going to the right line from the split off.

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    Re: Return Line Issues

    Probably a hard object has stuck in a bend. I would suggest measuring just how far the snake will go in from each end. That might help locate the blockage.
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