Coming back from vacation in August, I noticed that my IG pool was loosing a lot of water. It only looses water when the pump is working. Had a pool company come to test my return to see if it was leaking. It wasn't. Before they left, they suggested to plug the drain hole in the skimmer basket and since then, I'm no longer loosing water, so I suppose the water was being lost somewhere under the skimmer right?
However, after the guys left and I turned on the pump, the other day I noticed a fair amount of water under the filter. Turns out they hadn't opened the return valve correctly so I'm assuming that's what caused my filter to crack in the bottom. I then proceeded to find a used filter, a 250 instead of a 225. Figured that wouldn't be a problem. To save time, I did my best to reuse the fittings of the old setup and started the pump again. The next morning, one fitting had came loose and lost a lot water, in addition to having to pump run on air all that time. Since then, the pump has been making this annoying sound.
Now the other day, after a couple of days not being able to take the leaves, I noticed that the skimmer basket had cracked and been sucked in under the little lip on which is supposed to rest. When to buy a new basket and the next day, was also sucked under the lip! This time, I had to crack it myself to be able to get it out.
Now I'm not sure what to do. I almost positive I had the right basket size and I don't want to spend another 30 $ to see it get sucked in again. Is my new filter causing a super suction in the skimmer and causing this? Is the fact that the drain hole in the bottom of the skimmer is plugged causing this issue? A combination of both? Did my skimmer magically expand? I seem to be a really unlucky run and the pool company doesn't seem in a hurry to get back to me... probably because it's pool closing season.
Any suggestions? I'm getting desperate...