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    Whats the trick in cleaning out the pump filter basket?

    When the pump is running I see a bunch of junk in there (dead bugs, leaves, etc). As soon as the pump stops, it all gets sucked back up the pipe. Is there a trick to get this stuff out?
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    Re: Whats the trick in cleaning out the pump filter basket?

    Sounds like you have air trapped in the filter that is compressed and as soon as the pump stops, it expands and forces things back. Try bleeding air out of the filter.
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    Re: Whats the trick in cleaning out the pump filter basket?

    Worked like a charm- thanks!
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    Re: Whats the trick in cleaning out the pump filter basket?

    How do you bleed air out of it? The same thing happens in our pump.
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    Re: Whats the trick in cleaning out the pump filter basket?

    Not all filters have one, but, on those that do, there is a bleed air screw on top of the filter and you simply turn it open until water spews out.
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    Re: Whats the trick in cleaning out the pump filter basket?

    Quote Originally Posted by wyntyrose
    How do you bleed air out of it? The same thing happens in our pump.
    If your multivalve is side mounted and not on top of the filter you should see a small valve on top you can open to bleed air.

    If is a top mounted multivalve- I have no clue
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    Re: Whats the trick in cleaning out the pump filter basket?

    I will be spending this evening seeing if we have one. thank you!
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    Re: Whats the trick in cleaning out the pump filter basket?

    In my case, you turn the pressure meter at the top a quarter turn to open the valve. I had done that after cleaning the filter cartridges but I guess I closed it too early (I closed it once water started coming out).
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