I posted in the another section of the forum before I saw this one. I apologize to the admins for re-posting but I couldn't figure out how to move my original post.
Hi everyone, going through our first closure of the season. Weather is getting pretty chilly here in Wisconsin and time to put the pool to bed for its long winters nap.
I had drained just below the return lines so I could blow those out, and all was well.
Didn't have time to finish that entire project and cover over last weekend and unfortunatley had some leaves fall in last week. didn't run the filter at all so ended up getting a little bit of alge growth.
Figured since I was able to empty the pool using the main drain and waste setting on the filter I could just run the filter using the main drain as the suction to cycle through a slam cycle and the cover it up for the winter. Worked well enough at first but what I am guessing happened is some leaves that were still left in there clogged the main suction line. When I scooped them out the water started flowing again.. This happened a couple times yesterday but I did end up getting the pool cleared of leaves.
Shut the whole thing down and when I looked out this morning I noticed the pool dropped about 3' of water over night!!!!! No filter running and the water was well below the skimmer and return lines when I ended so it has to be a main drain leak somewhere.
My question is, can I replace the "screen" plastic piece on the main drain with a solid cover and gasket and still be alright for normal filtering next year?
I do have a dolphin cleaner that could mix the water well enough I am hoping so there is nothing stagnant on the bottom.
OR would I have to hire someone to dig out, and potentially cut the side and bottom of the pool to find where the pvc blew out during my feable attempt at removing the alge?