Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: How to clean the leaves out of this area?

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    56

    How to clean the leaves out of this area?

    Hello,
    I noticed when the pump runs, this area has a fair amount of leaves in it. But after I turned off the pump and tried to pull up on the 'handle' it would not come out.
    Is there another way to clean this area? Does this plastic piece come off at all?
    Thanks, Aaron[attachment=0:3dtm64jy]cannot come off.JPG[/attachment:3dtm64jy]
    Attached Images Attached Images
    15'x30' 10K gal, in-ground, cartridge filter, waterfall, spa, The Pool Cleaner, Purex Triton 250 heater, pool built ~1999.

  2. Back To Top    #2
    Mod Squad woodyp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    East Texas
    Posts
    8,997

    Re: How to clean the leaves out of this area?

    Looks to me like the clear plastic top has a directional arrow on it indicating that it is screwed on. Righty tighty----lefty loosey.
    16x32x52" Steel Cornelius Miramar AGP Vinyl liner 13,100 gal. Buried 2 ft.
    2 Speed Hayward Power-Flo Matrix 85 g.p.m. 22" 250lb. sand filter hard plumbed
    Pool Rover Jr., Pool Blaster Max, Diver Dave TF100 Test Kit/Speed Stir
    Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker, Liqour Chiller, & Drink Mixer & Party Tub----Collect 'um all!

  3. Back To Top    #3

    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    56

    Re: How to clean the leaves out of this area?

    Wow! Ok I will try that, just need a bit more elbow grease I guess! Thanks!
    15'x30' 10K gal, in-ground, cartridge filter, waterfall, spa, The Pool Cleaner, Purex Triton 250 heater, pool built ~1999.

  4. Back To Top    #4
    XsAllOverIt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Mount Airy, Maryland
    Posts
    560

    Re: How to clean the leaves out of this area?

    If it's really tough to loosen and you have your pump off, turn the pump on and loosen it slightly (not enough to come completely open), turn the pump off and loosen the remaining.
    18 x 36 Inground Gunnite, White Plaster 21K gallon
    18" raised spa, 8' Diameter (620 gallon)
    Triton II Sand filter, Intellichlor IC40 SWG
    Pentair Pump, Max-E-Therm 400 BTU
    Lamotte ColorQ PRO 7-Plus test kit
    TFT-100 test kit

  5. Back To Top    #5
    Mod Squad zea3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Houston, Texas
    Posts
    9,198

    Re: How to clean the leaves out of this area?

    My pump also has a lid like that. I use a long, thick screwdriver as a breaker bar to get enough leverage to twist the lid. Do yourself a favor and get a tube of silicon pool lube at your local pool store. Rub some on the rubber ring around the edge of the lid. The lid will be much easier to remove next time you take it off.

    P.S. If there is not a shut off valve on the line just before the pump, when you open the lid a lot of water will come rushing out! If you are not sure if you have one then post a picture of your plumbing as it enters the pump and we'll help you figure it out.
    TFP Moderator
    Helpful links: TF Test Kits,TFP Pool School, PoolMath
    Vogue 21' round AG, Pentair 1 hp 2 speed pump, 36 sq ft DE filter, Hayward S180T 150# sand filter, Houston, Texas
    Love TFP? Become a
    TFP Supporter!

  6. Back To Top    #6

    In the Industry

    duraleigh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Sebring, Florida
    Posts
    30,081

    Re: How to clean the leaves out of this area?

    AB,

    It's a lid for the pump strainer basket and it is being held on by the water in your system. In other words, there is a vacuum created (and holding the lid down) at that point whether the pump is running or not.

    Shut the pump off and tap the lid gently with a rubber mallet. If it moves about a 1/4 turn and the vacuum still doesn't release, open the bleed valve on top of your filter. Air will be drawn into the system and the water will drain from the strainer basket and release the vacuum.

    Cleaning the "junk" from the strainer basket is very important to the life of your pump and should be done often.
    Dave S.
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
    TFTestkits , PoolMath , Pool School

  7. Back To Top    #7

    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Dallas, TX
    Posts
    781

    Re: How to clean the leaves out of this area?

    The lid on my pump strainer basket is different from yours, but I use a wooden board as a lever to loosen it. In fact there are instructions printed on the lid that advise you to do so(a piece of 1" x 4" fits exactly in my lid).

    I would hesitate to use anything metal for the lever because you risk damaging the plastic.
    20K gal IG plaster pool, Manually chlorinated with 6% bleach, 1.5 HP Sta-Rite Dura-Glas II pump, Pentair FNS Plus 48 DE filter, Polaris 280

  8. Back To Top    #8

    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    56

    Re: How to clean the leaves out of this area?

    Thanks all,
    I took your advice and used a plunger handle - gave me the leverage to open it up. Put some silicone on the ring and hopefully will be easier next time!
    I found I had two of these handle/reservoirs - 1 for the main system and 1 for the waterfall. The main system had a lot of leaves, waterfall none at all, guess it was not used much.
    Much appreciated!
    15'x30' 10K gal, in-ground, cartridge filter, waterfall, spa, The Pool Cleaner, Purex Triton 250 heater, pool built ~1999.

  9. Back To Top    #9
    Richard320's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    San Dimas, CA (LA County)
    Posts
    18,768

    Re: How to clean the leaves out of this area?

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh
    Cleaning the "junk" from the strainer basket is very important to the life of your pump and should be done often.
    It also reduces chlorine demand! Whatever's in there is being oxidized (essentially burned up, but without the fire) slowly by the bleach. Get it out of there, and you'll need less bleach. Just because it's not in the pool doesn't mean it's out of the system.
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •