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    No Bubbles Through Stairs and Spa Jets

    Hi, looking for help here, I have an issue that started years ago that I cannot find anyone that can help with. My issue is with my 18'X36' Saltwater Inground pool, I have a half moon shaped sitting area in my deep end that has jets in the calf and back area (you just step off into the deep end). I also have jets on either side of my stairs at the end of the pool in the shallow end. There is a air intake (to create bubbles) at the spa area and one at each side if the stairs, the problem started one year when I opened up the air intake to create bubbles coming out of my jets and water poured out of the air intake. This happens at the stairs and the spa, blowing the water down thought the air intake opening will blow the water out and create bubbles but as soon as I stop blowing air in the water pours out again. I have no leaks that I am aware of but sometimes after playing with the return, spa and stairs valves by the pump I can get bubbles in the spa area but only if I close a couple jets and it's very seldom that I can get this to work. I have purchased a new pump but this did not fix anything and there does not seem to be any blockages. This worked very well for the first year and a half but I have had the issue for 6 years now, pool is 8 years old. The installer said it was a design flaw but how could it be a design flaw if it worked perfectly for a long time? Any ideas

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    Re: No Bubbles Through Stairs and Spa Jets

    Welcome!

    You have debris behind the jets. They need to be removed and then run things to flush it out. Use the search box up above for "air intake water" or something similar. There are plenty of threads that discuss the tools you might need for particular brands of jets.
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    Re: No Bubbles Through Stairs and Spa Jets

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    Welcome!

    You have debris behind the jets. They need to be removed and then run things to flush it out. Use the search box up above for "air intake water" or something similar. There are plenty of threads that discuss the tools you might need for particular brands of jets.
    Sorry, I should have mentioned that I replaced all jets to no avail.

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    Re: No Bubbles Through Stairs and Spa Jets

    Thanks for the suggestion on the search, it looks like quite a common problem. I think maybe instead of debris behind the jets, maybe I have dog hair caught up in spa pipe joint that connects to 6 jet lines affecting the Venturi Effect. Sounds good anyway

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    Re: No Bubbles Through Stairs and Spa Jets

    If anyone was following this, I fixed my issue. I was told that there are little spacers or gaskets on the spa jets and if one fell off or was removed it would stop all jets from blowing bubbles. So I took each jet out and did not see any gaskets or spacers, put the jets back in carefully and "tight" and presto, bubbles coming out of every jet. I can only assume that maybe one wasn't in all the way or something as I didn't want to have trouble taking them back out (I have a special tool now), either or I am a happy camper after 9 years without bubbles (I must have not have had them tight enough every year)

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