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    Main Drain vs Kreepy Krauly

    Anybody have any suggestions on preventing the kreepy krauly from hanging up on the main drain?
    12,500 Gallons, IG - Fiberglass (kidney bean shape), Sand Filter, 1 1/2 HP Pac Fab Challenger motor/pump, Kreepy Krauly

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    Re: Main Drain vs Kreepy Krauly

    The main drains should be shut-off when using the Kreepy unit so that the suction won't cause the Kreepy to stay in place. If the main drains are already off, I am not sure what the problem is, but my unit does not stick on the main drains. The in-wall pool ladder is another story .
    20x44 IG vinyl. Intelliflo, Pentair Cartridge Filter (420ft^2), Raypac 336K, Kreepy Krauly

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    Re: Main Drain vs Kreepy Krauly

    Yeah, long story short... I only use the main drain and the krauly with no skimmer action. I will explain more when I can get in front of a computer, this phone typing is no fun, lol. I appreciate the response!
    12,500 Gallons, IG - Fiberglass (kidney bean shape), Sand Filter, 1 1/2 HP Pac Fab Challenger motor/pump, Kreepy Krauly

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    Re: Main Drain vs Kreepy Krauly

    Alright, I need to run with only the drain and the krauly due to my water level being low usually, because of a leak/s. If I run the skimmer (with the usual low water level) then the krauly hose gets in front of its opening which causes it to starve and then suck air, pump loses prime, motor gets hot, and I get home and wonder how long that's been happening... I hate to add water everyday or every other day because that makes it hard to keep the chemistry in balance, I'm having a hard enough time with that as it is, it's getting much better/easier now that I found this site, lol. I could run the drain and the skimmer, but I like running the krauly because it picks up all the debris that gets in the pool. It's easier to me to clean (net) the surface of the pool a couple times a day with the krauly running than it is to get the stuff off the bottom without the krauly running.

    I'm scared to find out what it would cost to find and fix the leaks because all the piping is under concrete. This is our 3rd season with the pool (about 12 yrs old) which came with the house we bought. I need to do some testing, like find out how much water it loses over night with and without the equipment running to try and determine if it's the piping or the fiberglass shell... Any other ideas there would be greatly appreciated too.

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    12,500 Gallons, IG - Fiberglass (kidney bean shape), Sand Filter, 1 1/2 HP Pac Fab Challenger motor/pump, Kreepy Krauly

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    Re: Main Drain vs Kreepy Krauly

    There are several tests you can do to determine where and what's leaking. We have had leaks underground but they are few and far between. 90% of the leaks are above ground or right where the plumbing goes in the ground. Another 5% or so are the light niche.

    We can help you locate it if you want to post what you've done so far looking for it.
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    Main Drain vs Kreepy Krauly

    When the weather clears up I will get busy and post up what I come up with.

    Thanks!
    12,500 Gallons, IG - Fiberglass (kidney bean shape), Sand Filter, 1 1/2 HP Pac Fab Challenger motor/pump, Kreepy Krauly

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