Do I have a pressure side pool cleaner or suction pool cleaner

Do I Have a Suction or a Pressure Side Cleaner?

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  1. Just moved inti home with a pool. Pool has a side port, but I only see a main drain valve at the pump area. What am I missing?

  2. Aloha from Hawaii! I just purchased a home with an existing pool. My pool has a side port, but no matter what plumbing I open or close this port remains inactive (neither pushing water into the pool or sucking water out of the pool).

    The pool has a combination skimmer; under skimmer basket there are two holes: one leads to my main drain and the other to the pool pump.

    At the pool pump I have two pipes sucking: one from the skimmer and the other from the spa.

    So my question is:

    How does my side port get suctions in order to be used as a vacuum port?

    1. The questions that come to mind first: Have you checked to see if it is blocked by some obstruction? Are you sure that it is even plumbed to any pipes on your system? It wouldn’t be the first time there was a mystery pipe that led to nowhere in an older pool. Also, it could be a line that used to be hooked up to a booster pump for a pressure-side cleaner. A previous owner may have gotten rid of the cleaner and pump and closed off the line.

      1. Thank you for the response. I am very appreciative. I just found the capped end of pool side port pipe at my pump area. It is directly next to my pool/spa return lines. Im plumbed and ready to install.

        I’ll start looking through your blog on how to install a booster pump. Since I currently do not have one installed, I’ll need to learn how to get all the plumbing done through other visuals.

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