I just bought a new house and it has an in-ground pool. This is my first experience with a pool and as the seller of the house was only an investor, I have absolutely no history of the pool to work with. I'm just feeling my way around and hoping I don't screw up the equipment.
Cutting to the chase, I am worried that my pump is not working correctly. When the timer turns the pump on, it runs for 5 to 15 minutes before water starts circulating in the pool. I assume it's not good for the pump to run dry, but I don't have the slightest idea where to start trouble shooting.
A little about my setup: It's an in ground pool. There is a Jandy Valve. Two pipes come into the valve and one exits.
When the pump is off, water in the filter basket (not the big filter, but a smaller one that seems to just filter out leaves) goes away. Also, when the pump turns off, a little bit of water splashes from somewhere that I have not been able to determine. However, this amount of water is very small and is no where near the amount of water that was in the filter basket.
When the pump is on, air is coming through the return jets.
Here are some pictures of my setup:
In the third picture, there is a little water around the pipe that comes out of the pump.
I'd appreciate any help anyone could offer!