Pressure drops with skimmer

Jbthompson

Well-known member
Oct 13, 2019
51
Texas
Hi everyone. I had my pool pumps off while I drained and refilled my pool over the weekend. I turned everything back on today and when I switch the valve to the skimmer the pressure drops and it can’t prime. What can I do to fix this???
 

HermanTX

Gold Supporter
May 20, 2020
981
Katy TX
Pool Size
14600
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Liquid Chlorine
If you have a bottom drain - start your pump with that and with skimmer off.
Put hose in skimmer to fill the line and try to remove air
Switch from bottom drain suction to partial skimmer and see if the skimmer now can suck water.
If no bottom drain - then just continue to fill skimmer (both if you have 2) with a garden hose to remove any excess air.
Also, take cap off of pump and fill water from that side.
You can also help by bleeding air from your filter or if you have a valve on output side of your pump.