I have an issue that is kicking my butt. I have an in ground gunite pool and spa about 4 years old with a Hayward DE (Diatomaceous Earth) filter. This spring we had a lot of storms and tons of leaves went into the pool and then into the skimmer. By the time I caught it, it was so clogged that the main motor was pulling dry. So dry that it melted the motor basket a little and caused the pipes/plumbing attached to the motor to become unsealed. It also took out my backwash seals.
My problem is when the pool motor starts each day the pressure is fine and the spa fountain is correct (about 3 feet of water coming up). In about 5 mins the fountain is only 1 inch up. It appears I have an air leak somewhere?
I have replaced all motor seals, replaced entire backwash assembly. Replaced motor basket cover and seals, motor basket, replaces Hayward DE gasket and drain plug with gasket. I also replumbed the motor to the DE filter.