HELP - Vacuum won't work!


Active member
May 17, 2009
We have had our above ground pool for YEARS. We just started it up and filtration system is fine. Pressure at 10. However, we needed to vacuum it to remove all debris and when I got to attach vacuum to skimmer area, we lose pressure to 0. Everything worked last year. We checked for clocks in the hoses for vacuum and there are no clogs. Any idea of why we are losing pressure and can't vacuum? Filtration, like I said, is strong. TIA!


Gold Supporter
May 20, 2020
Neenah, Wisconsin
Pool Size
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Solaxx (Saltron) Reliant / Purechlor R5
Does it sound like air is getting sucked in through the pump? If you had a blockage, I would expect the pressure to increase, not decrease.

Are you filling the vac hose with water before connecting it to the skimmer plate?

Any sign of cracks in the skimmer plate or hose ends?