I am having major priming issues that I can't overcome, and I need help. Please! I have a DE Filter with a Pac Fab / Pentair multiport valve - like the Hi Flow model.
Something strange is going on with the multiport valve that I want to share. When I turn the pool motor on (and there is never any water in the pump basket), water flows very slowly into the pump basket. For some reason, the backwash hose leaks at this point (not dripping - faster than dripping) pool water. After two minutes or so pass and the pump primes, the backwash valve stops leaking.
Then, when I shut the pump off, the pump basket empties itself of water very quickly, while the backwash hose (made of hard PVC) is sucking air. When I cover the backwash hose with my hand, I feel quite a bit of suction.
I have had major priming issues for some time, and can't seem to solve this. Any suggestions?
Thank you for much for helping me try and figure this out!