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Thread: Oddball aeration question

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    Jul 2009
    Seattle, WA

    Oddball aeration question

    I just picked up an electric air pump to fill up pool toys and it got me thinking about aerating. I have an in-floor cleaner so the usual eye-ball tricks won’t work.

    I think the pump would put out too much air, but I bet I could hang a hose into the skimmer basket and get it to suck a little air into the system via the venturi effect. My question is would a small but constant amount of air going through the system break anything? Do I need to make sure the heater stays off?

    It would be a pretty small amount of air since I don’t want to hear it (otherwise I’d use the spa blower).
    20,000 Gallon kidney sort of a sand filtered gunite in ground pool w/ hot tub.

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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: Oddball aeration question

    Air introduced into the plumbing before the filter will normally get trapped in the filter, eventually significantly reducing filtering ability, and not provide very much aeration. If you can introduce air after the filter then it should be fine.
    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
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