Pump below water level, how to not have water gush out so I can clean basket


Well-known member
Aug 30, 2019
Westchester, NY
Hey all,

Brand new to pool ownership. After a couple weeks of having a pool guy maintain the pool weekly, i started to do it on my own.

I vacuumed the pool last night, and afterwards i now hear a "graveling" type of sound coming from around the pump (I could have gotten air in it?). I saw some debris in the pump basket, so turned it off and went to open valve. Water was pumping out very fast so had to close it quickly. I have been reading online and havent really found an answer, they say to close valves but i dont have that many, just one valve really that i see.

how would i go about closing any skimmer/etc lines so i can clean the basket out?

Here is my setup Thanks!


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TFP Guide
Jul 21, 2013
Northern NJ
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