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    Can somebody explain what might have happened here?

    So the wife decided to use the hot tub today. (spill over spa) without me there.

    And when she turned everything off, she accidentally left the suction coming from the spa and the return going into the pool. Of course this emptied the spa and had the motor running on air for about 3 hours or so

    The only real damage was a couple of fittings were leaking. A bit of teflon tape and re-tightening everything had things running smooth again pretty quickly thank goodness.

    BUT... While I was doing this and re-teflon taping and tighting, when I would turn the filter off and on to test, when it was off the gasket would fill up with dirty water. It looked like it was full of DE. When I put the system back on, that (Im assuming) DE emptied back into the spa making it filthy.

    I ran it for a while and cleared it out and then turned the filter off and it happened again. The gasket filled up with DE water.
    Anybody know why this might have been happening? I dont know if turning it off again would produce the same result. Im just running it now with the spa off... But things seem ok.

    Thanks in advance!!!
    18x38 Inground Liner (25k gal) Paver surround, multi-speed pump, DE Filter, Raised spill over spa, TF-100

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    Re: Can somebody explain what might have happened here?

    You probably need to let the air out of the filter. When the pump ran dry, it is likely that air got into the filter. If you didn't let that air out, DE can come back into the pump and possibly go other places as well when you turn off the pump.
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    Re: Can somebody explain what might have happened here?

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion
    You probably need to let the air out of the filter. When the pump ran dry, it is likely that air got into the filter. If you didn't let that air out, DE can come back into the pump and possibly go other places as well when you turn off the pump.
    Thanks for the info!
    18x38 Inground Liner (25k gal) Paver surround, multi-speed pump, DE Filter, Raised spill over spa, TF-100

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