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Thread: "restricted" skimmer line..... UGH

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    "restricted" skimmer line..... UGH

    Hello everyone. I have a problem... Seems I have an obstruction in my skimmer line. It doesn't suck like it should. I've tried blowing air to the skimmer trying to dislodge whatever is in the pipe, tried a fish tape. I am able to run the tape from the pump backwards however it's not long enough to make it to the skimmer. I am unable to run the tape from the skimmer to the pump. From the pic, I've busted out the concrete hoping that the jamb would be near the pump, since we needed to pour new concrete anyway...

    I've ordered a endoscope, hoping to see what might be down there. I'm really sick to my stomach over this. It sucks but really not enough to vacuum the pool. Ideas?

    Also I have a booster pump, where would I tie that in at? I assume it's on the return side, correct? I've searched for where it goes, but have not found anything.

    Thanks Jason.
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    Re: "restricted" skimmer line..... UGH

    I would try getting a drain king (or wrapping the end of a garden hose with a rag) and force water from the pump back towards the skimmer and see if you can dislodge anything that way.

    The booster pump should draw water from after the filter but before anything else.
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    Re: "restricted" skimmer line..... UGH

    Thanks Jason. It does flow water, just not much. I will try that tonight.

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