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Thread: is it possible for outlet ports to get clogged?

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    is it possible for outlet ports to get clogged?

    For starters, I have a salt setup with a Sta-Rite cartridge filter. Admittedly, I'm a pool simpleton (and new poster) but I think my setup is clogged past the filter. My cartridges are new this season and clean, or clean enough, but my pressure is around 35 consistently now and I have little output to my waterfall and jets + Pool Pilot says Check Flow. From what I can tell, I'm getting good suction from both the skimmer and main drains. I can only think I've got a clog after the filter system/between the oulet and the salt cell or the cell and the feature/pool valve. FWIW, the cell is clean and so is the strainer basket. Any ideas? Thanks, everyone! This is a great forum by the way.

    *I've got an appt. to have someone take a look next week but if I can fix myself, I'd rather not waste the money
    Pool: 30 year old+ in-ground gunite, Salt, 36x17, 28,000 gal
    Filter: Pentair Triton II sand filter
    Pump: Pentair Challenger pump
    Other: Breeze/Saline Generating Systems

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    Re: is it possible for outlet ports to get clogged?

    What has changed since you noticed the low flow?

    You can completely remove the filter cartridge to see if that makes any difference.

    I would not sure out a suction side blockage just yet.

    Have you played with different settings - diverting flow only to the waterfall - only to pool, etc.

    Post a photo of your equipment pad if possible. It might help.
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    Re: is it possible for outlet ports to get clogged?

    Quote Originally Posted by lborne
    What has changed since you noticed the low flow?

    You can completely remove the filter cartridge to see if that makes any difference.

    I would not sure out a suction side blockage just yet.

    Have you played with different settings - diverting flow only to the waterfall - only to pool, etc.

    Post a photo of your equipment pad if possible. It might help.
    Honestly, nothing has really changed since I noticed it. Water is murkier than it should be, if that is what you mean. And I've tried different settings to no noticeable effect. I'll try removing the filters to see if that helps and get a pic of my pad up when I get home.
    Pool: 30 year old+ in-ground gunite, Salt, 36x17, 28,000 gal
    Filter: Pentair Triton II sand filter
    Pump: Pentair Challenger pump
    Other: Breeze/Saline Generating Systems

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    Re: is it possible for outlet ports to get clogged?

    You may very well have algae, if you water is murky. Can you post some water test #s? Algae will clog your filter really quickly.
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