So I moved into this house 2 years ago and it came with a 14.5k liter above ground pool (rough estimate of volume). Uses a sand filter and it's chlorine based.
I've never owned a pool before so I've been wrestling with a lot of variables. I've been trying to use up the existing chemicals left over from the previous owner (which I'm about to throw out and start over with the recommended stuff here like bleach and such). I've had algae (green pool sides that I have to scrub now and then, clear water though).
My biggest problem though, and one I cannot for the life of me "get", is whenever I try to clean the pool the pump looks like it's 50% water and 50% air, chugging along to keep up. Sometimes the suction at the hose side seems pretty strong but other times it's like it's barely doing anything. Here's what I'm doing:
1. Attaching the hose to the cleaning head (manual vacuum setup as per visual encyclopedia) and dropping into the water.
2. Filling the hose with water to get out as much air as possible.
3. Removing the skimmer basket.
3. Running the hose through the skimmer hole and into the hole under where the basket was to connect the "circuit"
4. The pump immediately starts chugging air as I try to clean the pool
I do not understand for a second why it begins to chug air when there is no air to let into the "circuit" as best I can tell.