Hi all! We just bought our first house, an REO, and it has a concrete in-ground pool, about 18,000 gallons from my size estimate. Neither of us knows how to take care of it (though my parents had a pool, so I have a tiny idea of what it takes) , so I've been reading up EVERYTHING on this site, it's quite helpful! The water is currently clear, but there is a lot of dirt and leaves on the bottom. I also tested the water, and it needs a lot more chlorine and acid. But I want to clean up the dirt and leaves before I add the chemicals.
I bought a manual vacuum head (concrete pool, brush-type vacuum), the vacuum hose, and a skimmer plate. I watched a few how-to videos and read articles, and it seems like I'm doing everything right, but still no suction at all! As far as I know, the filter/pump is working correctly. I cleaned all the baskets, and also made sure to prime the hose (held it in front of the water return pipe til water filled it), then attached one end to the skimmer plate and set it in the skimmer hole area, and turned on the pumps. Nada.
Am I missing something?
There don't seem to be any settings or things I can change on the pump itself. It's the kind with a clear lid on the top, so I can see that it's pulling in water, but there aren't any levers or anything that I can see. The filter system is a DE filter, and I can see that its lever is set to "filter."
I really want to learn how to be able to clean and maintain this pool, but it's frustrating when things don't work the way they're supposed to! And I don't want the pool to keep getting dirtier and dirtier. Any advice?