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    I need Help URGENT!

    So, I found a dead bird in my pool. Because of diesease, we are DRAINING our pool. (It also needs a new paint job and other stuff that would cause it to be drained so killing many birds with one stone (no pun intended)). Anyways, I pumped water out through the spigot between my pump and filter. It was slow so this morning, I decided to drain via the drainage hole at the bottom of the filter. WORKS GREAT! BUT, after about 6 hours and 3 feet of water (only 1 more foot to go), it stopped pushing water. I had the skimmer closed off (since obviously the water was below it) since I started this method. Filter is dry. Seems like when I put water in the two holes in the skimmer, it starts sucking. But once I stop putting water in, it stops. I have two drains at the deep in so water should be going through them. Any ideas? I need this drained like NOW so I can start work. I do NOT want to hire someone to drain about 1000 gallons out and want to avoid renting a pump for a 1000 gallons. I want to continue it my way but for some reason, it stopped working. PLEASE HELP ME!

    (By the way, the water table is not an issue and the pool is cement so "lifting" shouldn't happen.)
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    saraiks's Avatar
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    Fremont, CA

    Re: I need Help URGENT!

    Most likely you are either loosing head on the pump which means your pump is sucking in some air..

    Suggest using a submersible pump like this one from a Home Depot or Lowes to drain all the water.
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    Mod Squad JohnT's Avatar
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    SW Indiana

    Re: I need Help URGENT!

    Pool pumps can rarely drain a pool. Once the water level gets so far below the pump, the pump can't lift it. You'll need a submersible.
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