Waterfall pump went out. Found a part....

GMTK

Active member
Jul 18, 2019
43
San Antonio
Cleaned the basket of the waterfall. It hadn’t been used in weeks. The waterfall has its own dedicated pump. At the bottom of the basket was some sort of flange. Tried filling the pump with water to prime it and it won’t fill. Pump turns on but not pulling water. Any help is appreciated.
 

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GMTK

Active member
Jul 18, 2019
43
San Antonio
Thanks. Figured it played a part in helping to fill the pump when serviced. Can you point me in the right direction to fix it or do I need to call a pro?
 

JamesW

TFP Expert
Mar 2, 2011
16,520
There should be a check valve in front of the pump with a clear lid.


Remove the screws, replace the lid, reinstall the screws.

Make sure that the flapper opens toward the pump.

When reinstalling the screws, rotate the screw counterclockwise until it drops into the original hole threads and then clockwise to tighten.
 

JamesW

TFP Expert
Mar 2, 2011
16,520

Don't use power tools.

When reinstalling the screws, be extra careful not to cross-thread the screws in the plastic threads.

Get the screws snug, but not super tight.