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    Isolating filter cartridge

    Hello - brand new to this forum! I'm trying to isolate the filter in order to clean the cartridges. I have the valves on the inlet and outlet ports facing what I believe the be the proper direction to shut off water to the filter, but when I open the drain the water flows out continuously. what am I doing wrong? Attached is a photo of the valves and which direction they are facing. All valves have gate nearest to filter.
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    Re: Isolating filter cartridge

    I do not see a valve stopping the flow from the pump into the filter. I also do not see a valve to shut of flow to the pump from the pool. The two valves that are next to each other occur after the water leaves the filter. You may need to switch the valve in front of the pump to "skimmer" and then put a plug in the skimmer to stop the flow of water while you clean the filter. If the valve marked "skimmer/main drain" has an off setting, then that should be the shut off for water entering the pump.
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    Re: Isolating filter cartridge

    Doesn't that 3-way valve at the skimmer/main drain serve to isolate the water to the pump, when the "gate" is covering the line into the pump? or does it not isolate completely as a shut-off valve would?

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    Re: Isolating filter cartridge

    I can't see the markings on the valve well enough, but I think when it is set as it is currently it is full open and allows water to be drawn from both the skimmer and the main drain.
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    Re: Isolating filter cartridge

    Here's a better pic. of state skimmer/main drain valve is in when I try to isolate filter
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    Re: Isolating filter cartridge

    The way you have the valves set should shut the flow off. Is the equipment below the pool?

    If it's not then the water will stop flowing, as soon as it empties the plumbing, even if you leave the valves open.

    Do you have and autofill that we're not seeing?
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    Re: Isolating filter cartridge

    The valve settings should prevent any water from siphoning out of the pool. But the filter does hold a lot of water and if you don't break the water lock somewhere it will take forever to empty. Remove the pump lid while you are draining the filter to allow air to displace the water.
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    Re: Isolating filter cartridge

    Ok, perhaps I'm just not being patient enough and there's more water in there than I think. Just seemed like flow remained constant and water level in pot should have started going down. Autofill not hooked up. Will give it another shot when I return at the end of the week. Thx everyone.

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    Re: Isolating filter cartridge

    Water level in the pump pot will not drop unless air can enter somewhere which is why you need to take the lid off. You are basically setting up a siphon lock.
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    Re: Isolating filter cartridge

    Thanks to everyone for their insights and knowledge. I did not realize how much water the filter held, and wasn't giving it enough time to empty out. problem resolved!

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