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    I added stabilizer into my skimmer unit per my local pool adviser, but apparently too fast and its clogged and my skimmer is not drawing. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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    Re: new pool owner, old pool

    You will have to turn off the pump and clean out the pump basket and skimmer basket and start over. You can either broadcast the stabilizer into the pool and then brush it well or place the stabilizer in an old sock and hang it in front of a return with the pump running. Give the sock a few good squeezes several times a day until all the stabilizer is dissolved. The sock method is the preferred way to add stabilizer to the pool.
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    Re: new pool owner, old pool

    Take the lid off the pump strainer, remove the basket, and work a garden hose into the inlet pipe from inside the strainer. Wrap it with a rag and hold it there and have someone else turn on the hose. Hopefully you can blow the clog loose backwards. Next up is the same thing but with a "drain king" inflatable bladder instead of a rag. After that, it's a plumber's snake.

    If you do manage to dislodge the stuff in chunks, put what you gather into a sock as recommended above.

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    Re: new pool owner, old pool

    Since Richard almost forgot it, let me say Welcome first. Stabilizer is VERY slow to dissolve, it can take several days and is acidic this is why we suggest the sock method, also it can take up to a week to show up on tests after being added to the water.
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    Re: new pool owner, old pool

    Thanks for the helpful tips. I have tried to flush out the stabilizer with a garden hose into the inlet, but not getting anywhere. I guess a plumber's snake is my next step. Can this ruin my pump if the excess gets through to that point in chunks?

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    Re: new pool owner, old pool

    Quote Originally Posted by lpadgett2014 View Post
    Thanks for the helpful tips. I have tried to flush out the stabilizer with a garden hose into the inlet, but not getting anywhere. I guess a plumber's snake is my next step. Can this ruin my pump if the excess gets through to that point in chunks?
    I doubt it, as long as you put the pump strainer basket back in. It should catch the clods.
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