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    Vacuum after opening

    We just had our pool opened this past weekend. They did a vacuuming when they opened it but now all of the water is clear and the sediment has dropped to the bottom. My question is when I vacuum all of it out should I vacuum as normal or should I vacuum to waste? If I vacuum to waste I will lose a lot of water correct?

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    Re: Vacuum after opening

    Quote Originally Posted by jandersen13 View Post
    We just had our pool opened this past weekend. They did a vacuuming when they opened it but now all of the water is clear and the sediment has dropped to the bottom. My question is when I vacuum all of it out should I vacuum as normal or should I vacuum to waste? If I vacuum to waste I will lose a lot of water correct?
    Yes. If there's heaps of stuff, you'll clog the filter. But if it's just dust, that's what the filter is for.
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    Re: Vacuum after opening

    Thanks Richard. I tried at first tonight to just vacuum as normal using the filter as I thought it was not a ton of stuff, just pollen and some dirt. I have 2 skimmers and plug one to get the best suction out of the other. The suction was ok at first but then pretty much stopped. I went to the pool pump and cleaned the skimmer there and then the suction came back for a bit. But the same thing happened and I noticed when going back to the pool pump skimmer the water wasn't full and it was pulling in air it seemed. I then decided to backwash the filter and get pressure back to normal. I did that and thought to vacuum to waste. The suction started off good but then did the same thing where I lost it and the pump skimmer wasn't full of water completely and seemed to have air in it.

    Any ideas what's going on here? I can vacuum for a minute and then I lose suction pressure. Am I doing something wrong?

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    Re: Vacuum after opening

    You have an air leak somewhere. My guess would be the vacuum hose itself. It only needs a pinhole.
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