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Thread: Is it OK to have pump filter below ground level

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    Is it OK to have pump filter below ground level

    I will be putting up an Intex 18'x48" Ultra Frame soon.

    I have a sunken cement patio the is roughly 3 feet below ground level.
    I have a 1HP Hayward Pump - 16" Sand Filter combo.
    I have an Intex SWG.
    I have a solar heater.

    The pool will be installed on level ground in the back yard about 6 feet from the sunken patio. I would like to put the pump/filter and SWG on the sunken patio (3 feet below ground level) and then plump a bypass for the solar heater at ground level after the SWG on the return path to the pool. So essentially I would have:

    (18'x48") Pool --> (3 ft. drop) Hayward 1HP Pump/SF --> SWG --> (3 ft. rise) Solar Heater w/Bypass --> Pool

    This would make the base of the pump/filter ~ 7ft below water level. Will this combination work with a 1HP/16"SF Hayward pump? I would really like to keep the pump and filter off of the grass and save some room for the solar heater.

    Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.

    Regards,
    Scott

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    Re: Is it OK to have pump filter below ground level

    That shouldn't be a problem at all. It'll increase your discharge head a little but it'll also decrease your suction head so it won't be a problem.
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    Re: Is it OK to have pump filter below ground level

    This may not need to be said but - make sure there is a ball valve in the line from the pool. If you ever need to disconnect the pump for whatever reason that line will be pressurized by the elevation drop.
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    Re: Is it OK to have pump filter below ground level

    Yes I will have ball valves all over - 5 to be exact

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