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Thread: Vacuumed my pool and now my pump isn't sucking water.

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    Vacuumed my pool and now my pump isn't sucking water.

    Would an air pocket cause a problem with the pump? I was vacuuming the pool and the hose popped open. A bunch of air sucked into the pipes before I could shut it off. I have a leaf catcher attached to my vacuum so I don't think the pipes are clogged with leaves. Could I force out an air pocket with a plunger? Or should I push a hose down the intake pipe and force water in there? Any suggestions?
    17K gallon in-gound pool, black plaster, Polaris 380, cartridge filter system

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    Vacuuming up air can cause the pump to lose prime. You can usually fix that by opening up the pump strainer basket and filling it with water, closing it again and turning on the pump.
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    Thanks, Jason.
    17K gallon in-gound pool, black plaster, Polaris 380, cartridge filter system

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