I recently opened my pool, water was relatively clear (for the first time ever, yay TFP!). Bottom was filthy with dirt (loop loc permeable cover, so no surprise there). Pump motor dead so had to replace that (successful install, I think, yay me!). Ran the pump last night for an hour and a half, no problem.
Today, hooked up vacuum to take care of some of the dirt and leaves that had gotten under the cover over the winter. Could hear the pressure rising in the filter so I turned the pump off, emptied the pump basket which was quite full, replaced the lid on the basket, and then turned the pump back on. The pump "sounds" fine, but wasn't pulling water from the skimmer. Turned it back off.
I have tried to use hose to force water back through the skimmer (but did not seal off with a wet towel, maybe that's why it didn't work. Tried a shop vac to do the same, that didn't work either, but air was coming back rather forcefully through the skimmer. Did the vacuum through the return lines as well, no issues there. I have taken the motor off and inspected the impeller (small bits of debris that I have a hard time believing were the cause of the problem). Completely disassembled the filter, no issues there either.
I am at the end of my rope with this. Any other ideas? Could I have assembled something incorrectly when I changed out the motor? I replaced all the seals at the same time. I am fairly confident I got it right, but who knows.
I'm headed to the hardware store in a little while to buy a plumbing snake. Anything else I should look for?
Thanks in advance!