Loss Of Flow Over Days

May 11, 2014
14
Texas
#1
New pool. 23k gallons with attached, raised spa with spillway. Pentair VS 3hp pump. 2 skimmers. piping is a mix of 2.25" and 2.5". I'll have to verify at the pad tomorrow. The returns nearest to the pad are about 60 ft away. Roughly 90ft for the spa. 8 jets in the spa. 5 returns plus 1 for the polaris 280 in the pool. It is a pentair cartridge system.

What I am seeing is a loss of flow after 2-3 days. I thought at first that it was only happening when running low rpm's. The past few days I've only done cycles of 2500rpm and 3100rpm. I could feel the problem when running lower rpm's just by sticking my hand in front of the jet on the tanning ledge. There was almost nothing coming out. I'm just judging by the spillover reduction at higher rpm's. It reduces to slow drips after a couple of days. Filter psi is 18.5 at 2500rpm. The jandy valve is clocked to send some return to the spa in pool mode. I've experimented with it quite a bit. Swapping to spillover mode at 3k rpm where the spa gets all the pressure and no suction still flows a ton of water.

What seems to reset it all back to normal flow is venting the system a while. I thought that might mean a loss of suction, but I see that my pump stays primed overnight. The pump is elevated above the pool.

Thanks in advance for any help.
 

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A slow loss of flow most always means the filter is dirty and needs backwashing/cleaning.

I do not understand what you mean when you say you "vent" the system.
 

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If you open the valve on the filter with the pump off, you let air into the system which can result in a loss of prime.

The air relief valve on the filter is used when the pump is running.

As your flow slowly decreases, what does the psi gauge on the filter do?
 
May 11, 2014
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Texas
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That is something to pay closer attention to. I've been experimenting w different speeds at the same time. I'm going to leave it alone until it happens again and note psi. I was aware of what we use the valve for. Partially why this doesn't make sense to me.

If you open the valve on the filter with the pump off, you let air into the system which can result in a loss of prime.

The air relief valve on the filter is used when the pump is running.

As your flow slowly decreases, what does the psi gauge on the filter do?