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    air in basket only on skimmer

    Hi
    I have an IG fiberglass pool with Hayward equipment. THis year after opening I had air in the pump basket but only when running the skimmer. when pulling from bottom drain or half bottom/half skimmer there was no air. The air fills about half the basket. Even though there is air in the basket, there is very little/few bubbles from exhaust. several days after opening I have not seen any signs of a water leak, level remains constant. I replaced basket gasket and lubed it with O-ring lube. I'm thinking some type of blockage in the skimmer line. Hope this is not indicating an underground leak. Any help would be greatly appreciated. - Joe
    Pool Specs
    Gallons - 11,000
    AG Hayward element filter
    Vinyl liner

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    Re: air in basket only on skimmer

    Welcome to TFP!

    Is the weir (little flappy door thingy) on your skimmer blocked? Confirming also that your skimmer stays full of water and doesn't appear to be pulling air into the system?
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    Re: air in basket only on skimmer

    hey thanks for the quick reply. My skimmer doesnt have a weir and there doesn't seem to be any air entering the skimmer intake. The suction is pretty good. I actually vacumm that way with good suction.
    Pool Specs
    Gallons - 11,000
    AG Hayward element filter
    Vinyl liner

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    Re: air in basket only on skimmer

    btt
    Pool Specs
    Gallons - 11,000
    AG Hayward element filter
    Vinyl liner

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    Re: air in basket only on skimmer

    Can you take a picture of your skimmer both inside the pool and with to top off outside your pool and post them? Most skimmers should have a weir, it makes them work better. Yours might be on that doesn't but a picture should tell us more.
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    Re: air in basket only on skimmer

    Have you tried filling the skimmer line by running a hose into the pump basket (pump off) and opening the skimmer valve?
    30,000 gallon vinyl / Starite pump, Sys 2 cartridge, Max-E-Therm 333k heater / Bioguard SWG

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