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    Apr 2014
    New Orleans

    HELP!! Skimmer clogged. How to clear

    I have a pool only a couple of months old and one of my skimmers is clogged. I am not sure exactly what is in it. it could be leaves but i am not sure. How can i unclogg this with out blowing up the piping. I tried putting a water hose in but i cant make the first turn. Am I stuck with one skimmer?

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    Jan 2010
    San Dimas, CA (LA County)

    Re: HELP!! Skimmer clogged. How to clear

    Shut everything off. Move any valves you have to just the skimmer if possible. Open the pump strainer basket and put a hose in the pipe from the inside. Seal it with a rag. Have someone turn the hose on and hope you can flush whatever is in there backwards. If the two skimmers are tied together, a third person may have to block the good skimmer's pipe with a tennis ball or something.

    If that doesn't work, then you try the same thing but with a drain king inflatable bladder. And after that, a plumber's snake.
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