This video gives will show how to use a drain bladder to clear a clogged skimmer line. A working skimmer is vital to a healthy pool, removing debris and any contaminants from the pool’s surface.
Common Causes For Clogged Skimmers
- A vacuum hose is plugged directly into the base of the skimmer, bypassing the basket. The collected debris can then pass freely into the unprotected plumbing lines
- The skimmer basket is broken or missing during normal filtering
- Repeated vacuum hose on the skimmer line without an inline leaf canister
Symptoms of a Clogged Skimmer
- Priming Issues
- Your suction cleaner has slowed or stopped working
- Surface debris lingers in the pool
Steps to Unclog the Skimmer Line
- Shut down power to the pump at the breaker.
- Remove pump lid and basket.
- Adjust your plumbing valves to close the main drain line. Also, make uncertain that the only open suction pipe is the clogged skimmer line.
- Attach a garden hose to the closest spigot, then install a drain bladder attachment to the hose, or find a rag you’ll be able to plug around the hose when you insert it into the pipe.
- Slide the hose through the pump’s suction port’ insert the hose at least 6 to 8 inches into the suction line. if you are not using the drain bladder, plug the hose around the hose with the rag.
- Open the hose spigot and let it run while you have a friend watching the skimmer for signs of debris backwashing to the pool. This debris is a sign the blog is breaking up.
- Let the hose flow until no more debris is exiting the skimmer line.
- Remove the hose from the suction line.
- Reinstall the pump’s lid and basket.
- Turn on power at the breaker.
- Turn on the pump; you may need to prime the pump.
- Check that the skimmer flow has returned to normal. If your plumbing still shows signs of a clog, you may repeat the above steps; or try other troubleshooting guides to find other possible plumbing issues.