Doing work on my nightmare pool (tile at bottom steps, pool light other stuff). Therefore, water level is low, just below bottom step.
For a little while the pump/filter was off, pool got nasty. Now I have it back on during the day, but just filteringfrom bottom drain. Hope that's enough.
Anyway, since the water is below the vacuum port, can I run it? I really need to get this griminess off the bottom. I tried to turn it on but it didn't work, left it on a minute thinking I just needed to let enough water prime through the lines, but it didn't seem seem to be working and never "grabbed" the bottom like it normally does when it is vacuuming and shaking and pulling itself around the bottom of the pool. Didn't happen. Also, the returns stopped spewing water out in the pool, and went down to a trickle.
So is it possible to still use? Maybe I didn't 'seal up' the port well enough and it was pulling air through?