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    Help! Mulberries caught in skimmer, now pump not working correctly.

    Need some expert advice. Trying to clear up my water so I had the pump running on high while I was gone today. Didn't realize how it windy it was and tons of the mulberry "pods" blew into the pool and clogged the skimmer basket. The water was not getting to the pump and filter. Cleaned everything out, started back up again and the pressure is very low. Some water is coming out the of the return, but not much. Is my pump ruined??
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    Re: Help! Mulberries caught in skimmer, now pump not working correctly.

    If it overheated you could have damaged the impeller/housing.
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    Re: Help! Mulberries caught in skimmer, now pump not working correctly.

    Most likely a bunch of stuff made it through the skimmer into the pipe and the pump. Pull the pump strainer basket out. Make double sure the power to the pump is off. Then see if you can't reach up into the pump housing. If you have stuff lodged in the pump impeller, it won't pump worth beans, but it will sound normal.
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    Re: Help! Mulberries caught in skimmer, now pump not working correctly.

    1+ Richard's diagnosis. Clogged impeller.
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    Re: Help! Mulberries caught in skimmer, now pump not working correctly.

    Thanks, will check the impeller!
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    Re: Help! Mulberries caught in skimmer, now pump not working correctly.

    I turned my pump off and closed the valve coming from the skimmer and opened up the strainer basket and let water pressure from the return side force water backwards thru the pump, and a bunch of junk flushed out.

    Try that and see if it helps.
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    Re: Help! Mulberries caught in skimmer, now pump not working correctly.

    We opened up the pump and low and behold the impeller was almost completely clogged! Thanks so much for the advice!
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    Re: Help! Mulberries caught in skimmer, now pump not working correctly.

    I had that happen once with pine-needles. jammed the impeller.
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    Re: Help! Mulberries caught in skimmer, now pump not working correctly.

    Quote Originally Posted by ashpool View Post
    We opened up the pump and low and behold the impeller was almost completely clogged! Thanks so much for the advice!
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