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    Help. Skimmer not sucking

    So just got a pool .....so confusing.

    Everything is automatic. I press a button and the valves turn different ways.

    I have a spa attached to pool.

    Pump works just fine.....but skimmer does not suck....

    Don't know what's going on

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    Re: Help. Skimmer not sucking

    Welcome to TFP

    Photos of the pool and equipment pad will help. A close up of the pipes/valves would be nice also. Are any of the pipes coming out of the ground marked skimmer?
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    Re: Help. Skimmer not sucking

    Yed,

    Welcome to TFP... A Great resource for all pool owners with skimmers that refuse to suck...

    As Tim points out, pictures would be a great help..

    Since this is your first pool, your skimmer may be working fine and you just don't know it. Skimmers do not look like toilet bowls right after you flush..

    Skimmer are somewhat subtle in operation and won't suck things in unless pretty close to the skimmer's entrance.

    A quick way to check, is to take out the skimmer basket (and any spaceship looking contraption, if installed), and reach down and see if you can feel any suction on one of the two pipes at the bottom.

    Now I have a couple of question for you...

    1. I'm sure you asked about the skimmer for a reason.. What specific problems are you having?
    2. Look at the pump and tell us if it is a variable speed pump, if so it will have its own control panel right on the pump.
    3. Tell us what kind of automation system you have.
    4. See if you can tell if the system is in the "Pool" mode or "Spa" mode by looking at the lights or LCD screen on the main panel.

    Thanks for posting and remember to send us those pics..

    Thanks,

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    Re: Help. Skimmer not sucking

    2 pipes attach to the pump.... one looks like pool and the other is spa that it turns to when I'm use

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    How does one post pics please

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    Here's the pipes
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    Re: Help. Skimmer not sucking

    Quote Originally Posted by Yed View Post
    2 pipes attach to the pump.... one looks like pool and the other is spa that it turns to when I'm use

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    How does one post pics please

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    Here's the pipes


    The pool has stuff on the top layer of water....... No suction from skimmer at all

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    Re: Help. Skimmer not sucking

    There's a control panel and separate remote that u can switch on pool or spa

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    Re: Help. Skimmer not sucking

    Yed,

    Did you do this... "A quick way to check, is to take out the skimmer basket (and any spaceship looking contraption, if installed), and reach down and see if you can feel any suction on one of the two pipes at the bottom." ???

    You have a variable speed pump, what speed is it running? If running at a low speed the skimmer will not work as well.

    Also, is there a little door (wier) that bobs up and down just inside the skimmer's mouth or entrance??

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    Re: Help. Skimmer not sucking

    No door

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    And how do u increase speed. There is only an on and off button for pump

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    Re: Help. Skimmer not sucking

    Yed,

    Is this a new pool, or is the pool just new to you?

    What kind of automation system do you have?

    Does your automation have any remotes?

    Thanks,

    Jim R.
    Finished in 2015 - 17K Gal, IG, 20' x 25' Almost Rectangular Pool, Pebble finish, three rockport water falls. Pentair Equipment: EasyTouch 4, IC40 SWG, 3 HP VS Pump, CCP520 Cartridge Filter.
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    Re: Help. Skimmer not sucking

    You may be in spa mode so you won't be drawing from your pool. That black box on the pipe in front of the basket of your pump of your first pic is an auto valve of some sort and is open and close in one direction. Also do you have water coming out of the returns on your pool or returns on the bottom of your spa? Also clean out your pump basket looks like it may need cleaning from your photo.
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    Re: Help. Skimmer not sucking

    So there was a lever near the skimmer basket...that switches from skimmer to pool creepy krawler....

    Problem Is when in skimmer mode the pump fills with water. But when on kreepy crawly onl6ly then the pump is half full or air......what gives

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