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Thread: Does vacuuming to waste bypass the pump & filter?

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    Does vacuuming to waste bypass the pump & filter?

    I have a fair amount of junk (pine needles, dead bugs, etc) on the bottom of my pool. I do NOT have a wall skimmer and am afraid some things might make it thru the pump basket and damage the pump. Will vacuuming to waste bypass all this? I'm thinking it won't .....
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    Re: Does vacuuming to waste bypass the pump & filter?

    Vacuuming will always go through the pump although I don't see pine needles or bugs damaging your pump.

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    Re: Does vacuuming to waste bypass the pump & filter?

    Useing the waste setting just bypasses the filter ... the water still has to go through the pump. Safest would be to add a leaf canister in your hose for when you vacuum.

    BTW, we have seen more than one occasion where the impeller gets clogged up with pine needles.
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