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    blockage problem

    I have a big blockage in my skimmer line and have run out of ideas! First of all I have a 20 X 40 underground pool. My problem started last summer. It was near closing time so after a few attempts trying to dislodge it I just closed the pool till spring. I have no idea what it is, maybe a rock that got vacuumed up/ I really dont know

    Now I have opened the pool. I have ran sewer tapes down the line and found where the obstruction is but unable to open it up. The blockage seems to be around a bend in the line as it goes around the side. At times no water will go through and other times probably it becomes half open. I have also tried without success:
    Drain King
    water hose at full blast
    sewer snakes
    string from one end to the other but then it got hung on obstruction
    opening and closing valve repeatedly


    IDk what to do next. Is there a professional to call that would have the equipment to go in there and find the blockage and remove it?????

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    Re: blockage problem

    Hello and welcome to TFP! Wow, you've gone through our whole bag of tricks. At this point, you might very-well end-up having to call a professional who may have a tool with either more force or structurally stronger to penetrate or move that blockage. Perhaps even place a scope down there to see it.
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    Re: blockage problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Splash View Post
    Hello and welcome to TFP! Wow, you've gone through our whole bag of tricks. At this point, you might very-well end-up having to call a professional who may have a tool with either more force or structurally stronger to penetrate or move that blockage. Perhaps even place a scope down there to see it.
    Thats what I am thinking. I bought a scope to go in there and I can feed it in from the pump but its only about 8ft long and needs to be about 40 ft. lol Would a pool store have this kind of repairman or would I need to look into a plumber? Thanks

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    Re: blockage problem

    Maybe a dedicated pool store/builder, not the commercialized places that just sell chemicals. It might boil-down to a plumber. Ugh.
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    Re: blockage problem

    Around here it costs $300 to $400 dollars for a plumber to run a camera down a line. On the other hand you would be able to tell you what the blockage is and exactly where it is on the surface. Then you can decide if it makes sense to force it out or if you will have to dig down and cut it out.

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    Re: blockage problem

    Update. Plumber snake would not reach skimmer. Ugggg.
    New info I have thought of to share. I have noticed that when main drain is on everything is fine. No air bubbles. When I turn on skimmer side, while main drain still on, ittermittant air bubbles come through. It will do this about every 5 seconds. I now am wondering if maybe the pipe might have collapsed and cracked allowing some air to suck in. Also possibly something lodged in the crushed pipe as well. Idk but I am afraid it's concrete cutting time.
    If I do have to cut concrete should i:
    Go ahead and replace skimmers, pool is 6 years old
    replace line with 2 inch rigid pipe to pump

    Any help would be appreciated

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