I have a post here documenting my new pool ownership experience that started in 2014. This year I'm going full force and got everything running except the skimmer's suction. I believe I have this "Clogged or pinched return line". To save you some time I've tried the following with no luck from the pump and skimmer side (although I can never get far on the simmer side due to the initial angle): snaking the drain, the drain king, blowing a small amount of compressed air using my air compressor (only from the simmer side so far). I've also tried moving the valve from main to simmer with the intent to pull whatever is in there. I don't have a leak because water will stay in the skimmer and in the pipe at the pump but clog isn't budging.
1. Until I get the time to dig and replace the flex pvc, is there an alternative way I can get DE into the filter so the pool can continue to filter properly?
2. Is it possible to maintain a chemically balanced pool while the simmer isn't working? **I've been using the skimmer net to remove leaves and apples from the pool daily.**
3. Any other recommendations are highly welcomed.