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    Air in returns

    Hi all,
    first of all, a big thank you... been hanging around for a year, and this is the first time I've felt that I needed to post. I've solved dozens of problems from reading the forums, and it's been a huge help. So thanks. On to my current situation... (please bear in mind that I'm a complete novice at taking care of a pool, and what little I know I've learned from this forum)

    I'm getting air in my returns. Pretty significant amount. And I know that air in my pump is a bad thing. No bubbles in the pump basket (dealt with that already). I've noticed that when I switch my multiport valve to backwash and let it run for a few minutes, then switch back to filter, the air ceases, for a couple days at least, and then the air is back. But from reading here I've gathered that air in the returns is almost always a suction side problem. I don't understand how the multiport valve could be letting air in, wouldn't it just leak water out since it's under pressure when it's passing through there? If it is the multiport, is it something pressing or can it wait? Also, could the problem be with the pump itself? I've had the pool for one year and don't know any of the pumps history.

    I have a 10,000 gallon pool, sand filter. Thanks for any help you can offer, I appreciate it.


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    Casey's Avatar
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    Apr 2007
    SW PA

    Re: Air in returns

    Welcome Dan.

    Do you have a SWG? Are you losing water with pump on or off?
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

    24' Sharkline Venture De Filter

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    Re: Air in returns

    Hi Casey,
    I don't have a SWG, and I'm doing the BBB method. I don't think i'm losing water with the pump off, but there are a few couplings after the pump and filter that have a slow drip with the pump running. I was planning on replumbing those this fall (don't really want to do more than I have to in the Arizona heat), but if I'm going to need a new multiport I'll just do it all at the same time.

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    Sebring, Florida

    Re: Air in returns

    Air in the system is from the suction side (pump running), not the multiport. Have you read the article in Pool School on suction side leaks?
    Dave S.
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
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    Re: Air in returns

    I have read the article. What's confusing me is why I seem to be able to mitigate this problem, at least temporarily, but reseating the multiport. I know it's likely a suction side deal, but I'm new at this, thought I would check and see if there's any way the multiport is involved, since it seems (maybe that's the key word - seems) to help. I've done the suggested troubleshooting with the suction side of things, put a hose over all visible joints with no change, and the pump basket is good with no visible air bubbles... could the problem be with the pump itself? Or maybe underground? Thanks for any help.

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