I am trying top get my pool up & running but am having no success with getting water back into the pool. My husband and I have been opening and closing the pool ourselves for the past 13 years since we moved into this house. Last year we had a new heat exchange installed and the pool guy closed the pool for us at the end of the season.
We started opening a couple of days ago. My husband took out the plugs and blew out antifreeze. When I started up the pump, I had a couple of leaks around chlorinator and the return pipe coupling? I tightened the coupling and the chlorinator and eliminated the leaks. Then the pump started leaking underneath. My husband brought it to pool store and ended up buying a refurbished pump to install this morning. (the pump was at least 14 years old). He installed it this morning but we still have no water returning to the pool.
I've tried the multiport filter on various settings: backwash works, recirculate and filter do not. The pump starts to suck the water then it's like there's no where for the water to go. I'm afraid to leave it on for more than a minute lest the pressure causes damage to the new pump.
I'm wondering if there's something about the return pipe that goes into the ground since there's all this rusty brown color on the outside of it and that is where I tightened it. I'm uploading a picture.
Any ideas what to check?