Hi, we moved into a new home in AZ and the pool plumbing looks more complicated than what I had in my other house.
I dont understand the flow fully. Please see the attached pics of the pool plumbing around the pump.
The details that I know so far.
the pool has a waterfall with a separate pump to operate it.
The pool has a skimmer basket on one side, and a leaf catcher on the other side that catches the leaves from the bottom.
there are at least 5 ports where the water gets sucked. 3 on the floor (main drain and two side ports)
Two on the side of the wall (is this the port for waterfall pump?)
Here are my problems and questions. From the picture named "main plumbing"
On the main pump to the filter, the water gets sucked in either from the main drain and/or from the skimmer basket.
#1: I know that the turning the "black handle" valve the water suction is controlled between the main drain and the slimmer basket. But how? The handle is not the inlet to the pump, but on the output line of the filter.
#2: of the 5 lines connected to the line with the black valve, the thinner one is for the water aeration, one with a big ball is the pop-up distributor. What are the other 3 lines and two out of the three have a red handle. What effect is turning the handle is supposed to have?
#3: this is probably the main thing, the waterflow to the leafcatcher is really low, meaning that the suction from the main drain is not high enough, even after turning the black handle all the way that shuts down the suction from the main skimmer, how to fix this?, perhaps understanding the plumbing will provide an answer.
Thanks for your help, please let me know if there is anything else from my side that could help better answer this.
my first post.