We had some serious rain about a week ago. Between the pool filling up to almost overflow and the deck drains under strain (backed up... I did say it was serious rain!), we were pretty swamped. We did not build the pool and we aren't really sure where all the drains drain out to including the overflow on the pool (we are on a septic system and look out to a meadow behind and we can't see where the water is going - not out to the street but no visible river of water out the back either) but we DO know that we have a plugged drain or now a damaged one, under our concrete deck where the pump and filter are located.
What happened is that the ground literally disappeared (sink hole) under one end of our concrete pad that holds the pump and filter, the slab was already cracked (thankfully I think) because the only part still level is holding our pump & filter. The rest is almost collapsed into this hole. We believe that it was caused from my dad cleaning our DE filter right there over the drain last summer and clogging it, and then the relentless rain we recently had had nowhere to go and could not drain fast enough. Needless to say, we are going to have to take up the slab and fix the drain in that area.
Since we have to do that, my DH asked if I could ask you all how close the pump and filter need to be to the pool. Is there an ideal distance? Currently the pump and filter (and housing) are blocking some of our "view" of the meadow (only about 5 feet from the pool but not sure why they picked that spot) and we would like to move them over - as long as we need to fix the drain, we thought maybe we could change the whole thing.
If photos would help, I can certainly show photos, although it's a little hard to get from the photos.