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My son-in-laws built-in pool has 2 surface skimmers and the one appears to be clogged while the other is working fine. I tried blasting water using my pressure washer in both directions and nothing doing... I have a snake but it couldn't get in very far since its diameter is too large for smaller pipes. I'm going to look for a thinner diameter snake but wondered if anybody else had any suggestions.. Not sure about using one of those CO2 guns in this type of application or even if they are available at lowes or hd. anybody ever run into this?

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You can get a rubber thing that'll screw onto the end of your garden hose. When you turn the water on (slowly) it'll fill, swell and create quite a bit of pressure on the obstruction, I've used this a couple of times on one of my skimmer lines that has plugged over the winter.

 

Jeff B.

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Besure of the pipe used underground. Some pool builders used PVC to come above ground but it's connected to spiral plastic pipe underground. You don't want to blow the sidewalls or cause it to disconnect. Just a heads up.

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View PostBesure of the pipe used underground. Some pool builders used PVC to come above ground but it's connected to spiral plastic pipe underground. You don't want to blow the sidewalls or cause it to disconnect. Just a heads up.

 

 

thanks for the heads up

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Had the spirial plastic pipe "flex tubing" underground and it had compressed at every pool support. It had gone from a 2" circle to a 1/2" wide race track oval. I bit the bullet and replaced it all with PVC. I did not dig up the old pipe but I did have to dig a trench for the new.

 

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does the pipe typically run under the pool or around the perimeter? This one appears to run under or at least straight down from the skimmer for 4-5 before the snake hangs up. I tried the rubber thing Connetquot mentioned and now both skimmers don't work? This doesn't make any sense at all being there are 2 seperate lines. I attached it to the filter side of the originally clogged line in an attempt to push the clog back towards the skimmer. Finally tried attaching it to the skimmer side and the rubber thing broke cwm13.gif ... I'm near calling for the pros cause I'm stumped.

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View Postdoes the pipe typically run under the pool or around the perimeter? This one appears to run under or at least straight down from the skimmer for 4-5 before the snake hangs up. I tried the rubber thing Connetquot mentioned and now both skimmers don't work? This doesn't make any sense at all being there are 2 seperate lines. I attached it to the filter side of the originally clogged line in an attempt to push the clog back towards the skimmer. Finally tried attaching it to the skimmer side and the rubber thing broke cwm13.gif ... I'm near calling for the pros cause I'm stumped.

 

The only pipe that should be under the pool is the main drain. Everything runs around the perimeter.

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Is the skimmers each have a 90 on them aimed at the center where they join at a "T" then it does a 90 that goes around the pool to the filter. When I tried to fix mine I replaced a couple of "kinks" at the supports before I figured it was hopeless.

You haven't said if you have pvc or spiral tubing?

If you cut off below the water line the pool will drain. The skimmers can be plugged, the main drain no such luck.

If you have concrete or well settled pavers I would suggest only working at the skimmers and doing every thing else out in the open.

 

Peace

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RedJeep.. these are PVC thru-out. On the side where the skimmers are located there is a 10' - 12' wide concrete patio that wraps around 2 sides of the pool and the other 2 sides are a 3' concrete walkway. Unless the son-in-law had some success yesterday I'm going to suggest letting the pros handle. Now do you call a plumber? or a pool specialist?? I'm guessing the latter... thanks for all the help guys

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