Pump basket not filling with water

Trex48

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May 4, 2016
30
Spartanburg, SC
The circulation and skimming are good. A new o-ring was added, I checked to make sure the winterization plug is tight and pool water level is right. Any ideas to get the basket to fill? Thanks.
 

Richard320

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Jan 6, 2010
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San Dimas, CA (LA County)
If you have an above ground pool, the pump is usually below water level. Is this the case?

A bubble trapped in the lid is no big deal. They generally work their way out in a day or two, If the basket is really low and churning, you've got a restriction in the suction side.
 

Trex48

Active member
May 4, 2016
30
Spartanburg, SC
I forgot to mention my filter pressure is normally 14 psi but is 24. I’m opening the pool with algae but use hairnets to capture gunk. Do you think a backwash might help? The deal is it would only fill 3/4 before I started the filtering process.
 

Richard320

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Jan 6, 2010
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San Dimas, CA (LA County)
A clogged up hairnet could restrict the flow enough to make the pump starve.

And high pressure means a clogged filter, which doesn't help. I think the next steps are to backwash and clean the hairnet. And see how things run with the multiport valve set to bypass.