Can I filter a pool that is not full?

MJCP

Well-known member
Sep 14, 2007
129
Michigan
#1
My water level is below the skimmer and vacuum inlets.
I have my valves set to only draw from the main drain.
Assuming there are no leaks that would cause the pump to
suck air in, can my filter run with the level this low?
I know that's not the recommended situation, but I am
wondering if it can be done.
 

jblizzle

Mod Squad
TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
May 19, 2010
41,197
Tucson, AZ
#2
Maybe ... depends if you can get the pump primed. :D

BTW, your filter does not run, it just filters. The pump is what runs and moves the water ;)
 

tim5055

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May 11, 2014
10,098
Franklin, NC
#3
My water level is below the skimmer and vacuum inlets.
I have my valves set to only draw from the main drain.
Assuming there are no leaks that would cause the pump to
suck air in, can my filter run with the level this low?
I know that's not the recommended situation, but I am
wondering if it can be done.
Yes it can if you get water to the pump.