Air Bubbles in pump skimmer


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Jul 27, 2010
ok so i have had this problem for as long as i can remember. there is always air bubbles in the skimmer in front of the pump and that causes air to build up in the filter and push all the water out and only uses the lower 4 inchs to filter through. HOW DO I GET THE AIR OUT AND KEEP IT FROM COMING IN?


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In The Industry
Apr 1, 2007
Sebring, Florida
You have a suction side air leak. Somewhere between the pump and the skimmer, air is being sucked into the system (it could be more than one place). Find that leak(s) and the problem is solved.

A good place to start is the gasket sealing the lid of the pump strainer basket. Also check the drain plugs at the bottom of the pump strainer basket body. Next, check any valves.
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