I love this website! Everyone is so helpful and I have learned a ton in the past few months! Had to buy a new booster pump, Polaris PB4-60 and will install it myself. My old Hayward 5060 is 10 years old and leaking (been repaired once) so I'm done with it. I have to run the VS pool pump at a lower RPM b/c the leaking is worse at the higher speed.
Anyway, I can handle installing the new pump but want to know why water runs through the booster pump when it's not running. Can I bypass it? I ask, b/c in the Winter I have a cover (blue roll in the photo) on my pool so nothing gets in the water and the water is so cold the tubing gets stiff and the Polaris doesn't move. Might as well bypass it if water does not need to run through it.
The photo has 2 markers in red b/c all white pvc looks the same to me if you were to refer to a certain pipe.
#1- is this pipe the main return for water to go back to the pool? The pipes to the right of it are for the 'gushers' on the tanning ledge.
#2- if I CAN bypass the booster is this where I would put a shutoff valve?
As you can see my booster has water underneath it from leaking while the pool is running.