I'm a 2nd year pool owner (18,500 gallon in-ground) and when i went to open the pool this year I've run into the problem of my pump wont prime.
I've tried cleaning the skimmer basket, opening and closing the water intake valves in various ways, tinkering around with different parts of the system.... and I'm stumped. The motor still runs and water is taken into the impeller once i cut the system on, but the priming basket never fills back up from the pool side. Once i cut it off the motor off the water spills back into the priming basket (idk if that's the right name for it or not lol).
If anyone can help me or point me in the right direction i would really appreciate it. I don't trust the pool store people anymore or i'd call them. They seem to only be interested in selling me chemicals.
pictures attached (terrible condition)