Hello! I am new with pools and stopped my pool service a few months ago after learning a lot from this forum. Unfortunately, the water circulation stopped a couple of weeks ago, and my home warranty sent a person who found a crack on an encasement for a basket suction side just before the filter pump/basket. I don't know what it's called so I posted a photo. It's basically similar to the basket prior to the pump but obviously, there's another one before the actual pump basket, like a covered skimmer. It's cracked and is pulling in air through the filter an therefore water can't flow through the pump. I don't see it a lot when I look at plumbing schematics. The company said it would cost over a thousand to replace it - and it's not covered by home warrant as part of it is underground! His alternative was to get rid of it and get the pipe straight to the pump basket...for a hundred dollars. Is this secondary basket common, and if I take it out, would it be a big issue in terms of preventing debris from getting to the pump? Thanks so much
By the way, the basket encasement has a cover which I took out.