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    Skimmer making gurgling sound

    I just got my pool up and running a few hours ago. I went out to empty the skimmer basket before bed and I noticed it has a really good "tornado" in the skimmer and suction is good but its making a gurgling sound. Is that normal? As many of you know, I'm new to the pool world.
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    Re: Skimmer making gurgling sound

    It means either the water level is too low or the weir (flapper) is sticking.
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    Re: Skimmer making gurgling sound

    Water level is at about the middle of the skimmer opening. There is no flapper, when I take the skimmer basket out I can stick my hand down to hose. There is also no flapper on the front of skimmer. Doesn't look like it ever had one.
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    Re: Skimmer making gurgling sound

    Does it do that with the basket in?
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    Re: Skimmer making gurgling sound

    Yes it does Vette.
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    Re: Skimmer making gurgling sound

    Doh! I meant basket out.
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    Re: Skimmer making gurgling sound

    Yes both in and out.
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    Re: Skimmer making gurgling sound

    So you have one skimmer, right? The pump basket must be full of bubbles and turbulence right?

    You will need to slow your water down if that's the case. can you post a pic of the equipment pad so we can see if there are any control valves or a place to put one.

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    Re: Skimmer making gurgling sound

    Hi again SadieBailey,
    The weir door is missing? That will for sure do it. Fix that first, my skimmer box has 2 small holes at the bottom of the inlet at the gasket, this is where the weir door clips in. (Hayward brand)
    Try and find something plastic or stone that's very flat and try and mount it in the basket standing up to stop the swirling until you get a weir door.
    Try one more size smaller eyelet in your return(s)

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    Re: Skimmer making gurgling sound

    ahh, well that explains my problem! I experienced this as well, there was a very thin whirlpool being created (called a vortex I learned) that would go all the way down to the basket and make an obnoxious sucking sound, even though the water level in the skimmer stayed pretty high. Putting a stone in there solved the problem so I just assumed that my pump was too strong, but thanks to this thread I learned that my skimmer is supposed to have a door!
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    Re: Skimmer making gurgling sound

    Me too Paula, I love this site!
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