return line issues


New member
Jun 13, 2010

I have an IG true-L shape pool with vinyl liner. It has a return line for the steps with 2 jets. They both shoot out at 'normal pressure. Never problems.
The other return line has 3 jets, 2 in the shallow end, 1 in the deep end. The 2 in the shallow end shoot out at 'normal pressure' but the deep end one does not.

When the pump first starts, all 3 jets have normal pressure. When the deep end loses most of its pressure (maybe 1/2 hr later????) I can cover it with my palm and feel pressure building, air bubbles will eventually come out the low end jet closest to it in the shallow end. Then I remove my palm from the deep end jet and all 3 jets have normal pressure again.... then the problem reappears in about 30 minutes.

Pressure at the filter is 18psi which it has been for years before the problem appeared(problem appeared this year only)

Any ideas about troubleshooting?

If it helps, the problem jet is closest to the pump/filter. If I move the valve on my plumbing to turn off the return line for the jets at the steps I have real high pressure on the return line with the 3 jets and no problems.



Well-known member
Mar 13, 2009
Air bubbles could be coming from a leak in the filter strainer cover, a vortex in the skimmer, or from a small leak in the piping. Air in the pump houseing could reduce the flow somewhat and placing your hand over the return could be clearing the minor air bound condition, that returns shortly afterward when more air leaks in.

Fix the bubbles and your pressure issue may return to normal.


TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Mar 29, 2007
Coastalish 'down easter'
Welcome to TFP!!

Are you loosing any water? The line to the 3rd inlet may be compromised :(

Another option is an obstruction in the section of pipe that feeds the inlet - remove the eyeball, turn the valve so that the stairs are off and cover the other 2 returns, look to see if debris comes out.

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