So I just bought a house with a pool and still trying to figure out how everything works. I had a pool growing up so the concept of cleaning/testing water is not new to me.
The pool was built in the mid-90s so it is an older setup which might be the root of many of the quirks I'm running into.
The pool is 18,000 gallons, cartridge filter, in ground, plaster (I think). Pool has an attached hot tub. The system is a Hayward with a regular and booster pump, gas pool heater, etc.
Here's the problem: The seller had his pool guy out prior to closing and the system seemed to be working fine, but we had a power outage last night. This morning I noticed the pump was running but nothing was happening so I shut the system off.
What's supposed to happen is water fills into the spa and the spa overflows into the pool. All the valves are set properly. I noticed the pumps has a little basket (like a mini skimmer) and the clear plastic says it should be filled with water before running. I filled the basket with water and when I turn the system on it drains down but nothing happens. There is also a garden hose outlet on the system for the leaf eater and if I open that up, no water comes out.
I'm thinking the system needs to be primed somehow? Keep in mind, this is an older system. As an aside, there is a waterfall on the back side of the pool that doesn't seem to flow. I don't see a separate pump for it. Any ideas what would need to happen there?
Thanks for the info. Hoping to go BBB once I get everything up and running.