underground pool-skimmer pipe is blocked-how to unblock it?

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Antonio

Skimmer blocked

Postby Antonio » Sat 02 Jun, 2012 08:44

marie wrote:Hi DanO,
Can you go by steps. Did you open your sand filter to do this? After vacuuming this weekend and getting alot of grunt out I truned filter back to filter and noticed my pressure valve reading stayed at 0 psi no movement at all. My return line is not giving good pressure and my skimmer basked area has no pressure at all.

How old is the sand in your filter, verify an see if has hardened....


ChristineIam

underground pool-skimmer pipe is blocked-how to unblock it?

Postby ChristineIam » Sat 07 Jul, 2012 11:17

I know this is old :) I hope spent your summer swimming and not digging! :D
Did you solve the problem, find out was clogging it, were you able to unclog with compressor? :?:
Thanks
david .nevera

blockage @handle

Postby david .nevera » Thu 16 Aug, 2012 11:54

i have an obstruction @pump where handle for skim and main drain are when i turn off main drain i hear it tumbling @ the handle how can i fix .please help,
thank you
manofmanyhats

underground pool-skimmer pipe is blocked-how to unblock it?

Postby manofmanyhats » Tue 04 Sep, 2012 22:55

Not sure if anyone will ever read this far but I had a clogged cleaner line and didn't wish to go to home depot to get a drain king or whatever so this was my approach. I folded a paper towel up so that it was still long but the width was now only and inch or so. I wrapped this paper towel around my garden hose about 5 inches from the end and then duct taped it to the hose making a little bulbous end which looks a lot like what those drain king things look like. It was tapered a bit and now thicker than the pipe so I stuck in and it created a great seal. Holding it in place with a little force I had the wife turn the hose on and after a few seconds...whoosh...the pressure built up and blew the obstructions out of the line.

Hope this can save someone some gas and money like it did me.
Ronster

underground pool-skimmer pipe is blocked-how to unblock it?

Postby Ronster » Sat 15 Sep, 2012 09:45

I might have bad news for you. My pool skimmer stopped working and all attempts to clear it failed (snakes, hose plug, etc.) The pool folks came out with an underwater camera and went into the skimmer. Sylvan Pools used flexible PVC for the first 5-6 feet! It collapsed after 30 years of chlorine degradation. I now need to break up concrete to replace it.
Guest

underground pool-skimmer pipe is blocked-how to unblock it?

Postby Guest » Mon 10 Dec, 2012 23:12

brocken or split skimmer
Jimbec

underground pool-skimmer pipe is blocked-how to unblock it?

Postby Jimbec » Thu 21 Mar, 2013 13:59

Pool return line plugged twice first time I used a service to unplug with a pressure washer and thin hose with a jet on the end that went in the strainer line. I cannot go from the pump to the strainer because of a check valve in the line underground. They cleared it in five minutes and $250. You can buy the hose online for $100 and attach it to a pressure washer and do it yourself.

Second time I got lucky and it cleared on its own, but I am going to buy the hose and jet. Google cloghog.

Good luck, the first time it happened I did everything listed above including rebuild the pump and nothing worked.
Ram

underground pool-skimmer pipe is blocked-how to unblock it?

Postby Ram » Fri 12 Jul, 2013 12:14

I have a similar issue. I bought this house 15 years ago and pool came with it so it is more than 15 years old. It was working fine for all these years. But we did not use it for last 4 years and was closed. This year when we opened we found the suction line between skimmer and pump not working. Since this is an old pool, there are no separate lines for main line and skimmer line. Just one suction line comes from the ground. So we are not sure where the blockage is. We tried everything possible including "Draino", hose pipe, "Drain King" etc. Motor, pump, filter, and all other things are clean and working as expected. All those issues have been cleaned/fixed. What should I do next?
-Ram
gljacobs

underground pool-skimmer pipe is blocked-how to unblock it?

Postby gljacobs » Wed 04 Sep, 2013 18:19

me too, skimmer and main drain lines blocked, may be at valves if you have them
going to try vacuum hose from skimmer to pump or have lines snaked but haven't
tried it. may be expensive , cost 300 to snake my sink line and had to cut pipe any way.
underground pipes are bummer sag and break. mine is 35 yrs old too interesting.
try parallel vac lines overground to keep swimming.cheapest.solution if temporary.
sympathy
zmckenna

underground pool-skimmer pipe is blocked-how to unblock it?

Postby zmckenna » Sun 16 Feb, 2014 21:57

Son of a! So pool had been off for two weeks. I have been doing everything I know to unclog the line. Garden hose bladder, shop vac etc.... Low and behold I was about to call a professional and I took apart the jandy valve right before the pump. Stuffed to the gills with leaves. Pulled them or and suction is back to normal!

Hope this helps at least one person

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