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    Help Lots of air in the lines

    We had our pool up for 13 days everything was fine. Then the inlet valve at our skimmer basket started to rattle and make whiney sounds. We use to burp the filter a couple of times a day and the water would come out after a second or two - now when we bleed it, it takes 30 seconds or more for the water to come out. When it gets bad, water is gushing through the lines and the swg and lots of air bubbles come out of the outlet into the pool. Water is high. We have a big Hayward cartridge filter with a Hayward dual speed pump. What should we do?
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    Re: Help Lots of air in the lines

    Air is being drawn into the system somewhere. One common possibility is that a low water level in the pool can cause a vortex in the skimmer that draws in air. If that isn't it, check the seal on the pump strainer basket lid.
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    Re: Help Lots of air in the lines

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion View Post
    Air is being drawn into the system somewhere. One common possibility is that a low water level in the pool can cause a vortex in the skimmer that draws in air. If that isn't it, check the seal on the pump strainer basket lid.
    Pool water level is high. We'll check the seal on the pump strainer basket lid. I wonder why it would all of a sudden fail after 13 day?s
    16' x 48" 5000 gal. Intex Ultra Frame AG Pool, Los Angeles, CA
    Hayward Full-Flow Cartridge Filter System with 2 Speed Power-Flo Matrix Pump,
    Intex SWG, Intex Wall Mount Surface Skimmer, Solar cover & Solar Roller,
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    Kokido SkoobaMax Vac, Custom Canine entry & exit ramps,

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    Re: Help Lots of air in the lines

    Quote Originally Posted by Mandolina View Post
    Pool water level is high. We'll check the seal on the pump strainer basket lid. I wonder why it would all of a sudden fail after 13 day?s
    If you ever opened it up to empty the basket, all it takes is a blade of grass to get caught under the lid.
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    Re: Help Lots of air in the lines

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    If you ever opened it up to empty the basket, all it takes is a blade of grass to get caught under the lid.
    This is a brand new pump and filter from the factory. 13 days old. My husband has only opened the basket lid to check if it was seating correctly. Which he just did again, and he lubricated the o-ring with Jack's, he filled the basket to the top with water. put everything back on very carefully and snugly. The pool water is filled to the proper place - bottom edge of the gray seam. He switched on the pump, everything was nice for 30 seconds, then the rattle started and the water in the basket dropped way down. A bunch of air is getting in very quickly. Where else should we look?
    16' x 48" 5000 gal. Intex Ultra Frame AG Pool, Los Angeles, CA
    Hayward Full-Flow Cartridge Filter System with 2 Speed Power-Flo Matrix Pump,
    Intex SWG, Intex Wall Mount Surface Skimmer, Solar cover & Solar Roller,
    Confer Plastics A-Frame 7200 Adjustable Roll-Guard Safety Ladder,
    Kokido SkoobaMax Vac, Custom Canine entry & exit ramps,

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    Re: Help Lots of air in the lines

    Can you post some pics please?
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    Re: Help Lots of air in the lines

    Quote Originally Posted by laceygirl View Post
    Can you post some pics please?
    What kind of pics? I also have video.
    16' x 48" 5000 gal. Intex Ultra Frame AG Pool, Los Angeles, CA
    Hayward Full-Flow Cartridge Filter System with 2 Speed Power-Flo Matrix Pump,
    Intex SWG, Intex Wall Mount Surface Skimmer, Solar cover & Solar Roller,
    Confer Plastics A-Frame 7200 Adjustable Roll-Guard Safety Ladder,
    Kokido SkoobaMax Vac, Custom Canine entry & exit ramps,

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