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    Water appearance under Pump lid

    I've just installed a new O ring on the clear filter lid of my pump as there was an air leak when the pump was turned off (possible also when running).

    Previously the water looked like a washing machine under the pump lid, but now once the small air bubbles work their way out it almost looks like there is no water at all under the lid. Is this just a sign that the pump is fully primed or should it still look like a washing machine?

    The creepy crawly is still going strong and I can feel water returning from the jets, but no bubbles at all.

    Also this week my shutoff valve stoped working so when I open the pump lid water rushes out and I have to remove the basket and close the lid quickly!

    (This is my 3 week of living with a pool!)

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    Re: Water appearance under Pump lid

    Is this just a sign that the pump is fully primed
    Absolutely! Your system will work much stronger now.

    Try putting a tennis ball in front of the intake hose.....it'll slow the water down. Best bet, fix the shut-off.
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    Re: Water appearance under Pump lid

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    Re: Water appearance under Pump lid

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh View Post
    Absolutely! Your system will work much stronger now.

    Try putting a tennis ball in front of the intake hose.....it'll slow the water down. Best bet, fix the shut-off.
    Good to know. I thought as much, although I was paranoid as the shut of valve failed the same time it started priming to perfection!!

    Someone once said the water should look like a washing machine. Is that just plan wrong or is the washing machine look still ok but better it primes so well it looks like their is no water in the basket?

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    Re: Water appearance under Pump lid

    That is wrong. It should be nice and calm in the basket.
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    Re: Water appearance under Pump lid

    Its working as it should. I had this same issue on mine this week, my o-ring was leaking to the point of it was getting air into my filter every night and the pump lid looked like a washing machine. Once I got it fixed up I had much better flow. Amazing what a little air leak can do to your pumping flow!

    Also make sure you clean out that basket regularly. I had a situation last week during a storm that I had to go clean the skimmer and pump basket of leaves during the storm to keep her going. It picked up so much debris in a course of an hour that it was starting to restrict flow, I noticed a sound pitch change in the motor when sticking my head outside and knew something was up which is when I found everything plugged up.
    10k gal, IG Plaster, 3/4HP WhisperFlo pump, A.0 Smith Centurion single speed motor, Pentair TritonII sand filter, TF100 test kit, Hayward suction cleaner, City well water

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