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    Exclamation Main Drain Issue

    This is my first time running a pool. This winter we got a lot of leaves in the bottom so my Dad told us to shut off the main drain valve until we got them cleaned out. I think it may have been too late though because when I put it back on the filters suck water really quickly and the water doesn't fill up in them and it blows out bubbles from the jets. The water level doesn't seem to go down quickly. I had it on losing water very slowly for a week before I even noticed. It became more apparent when I was manually vacuuming because we accumulated a lot of dirt and grit in the bottom from the leaves.

    Is this a leak and if so how do I figure out where it's leaking? I don't see water anywhere. Right now I have the valve shut off again, I hear it makes life easier if I can have it on to get out the grit.
    In Ground Pool | 40,000 Gallons | Saltwater | Hayward Equipment | Vinyl Liner | Sand Filter

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    Re: Main Drain Issue

    A little confused about what exactly your asking, but if the pump is straining when your on drain only, then yes it sounds
    like the main drain is clogged up and will need to be unclogged.
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    Re: Main Drain Issue

    Welcome to the forum.

    Do you have skimmer(s)?
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    Re: Main Drain Issue

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh View Post
    Welcome to the forum.

    Do you have skimmer(s)?
    Thanks!

    Yes I have skimmers. When I have the main drain on they suck water in too quickly to maintain water level and I get bubbles.
    In Ground Pool | 40,000 Gallons | Saltwater | Hayward Equipment | Vinyl Liner | Sand Filter

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