Last weekend while getting the pool ready for the season, I was adding CYA using 2 stockings hanging over the return lines.
That night we were having guests, and I thought they looked ugly, so I threw them into the skimmer basket.
A couple days later, I noticed air bubbles in my return line. The filter pressure guage read zero, the pump was running, and there was some water flow. I looked in the skimmer and it was full of debris from the pool, and the skimmer basket was floating, but only one stocking.
I'm pretty sure the other stocking is in my skimmer line (I'm sure CYA would have emptied by now as did the other stocking). I ran a water hose from pump to skimmer which likely dislodged the blockage and it ran for a couple days then it plugged up again. Same condition, low water flow, zero reading on filter pressure, bubbles in return. So I repeated the garden hose and its running again normally, but I'm concerned this could occur at any time.
There is an elbow between the pump and where the line goes into the pad and another at the bottom of my skimmer
which prevent me from using a snake from either end. I reviewed pictures taken during the pool installation and there are no fittings, unions and T's between these elbows that I would think the stocking could 'hang up' on.
I can only think of 3 options.
-Let the stocking disintegrate in the chlorine and catch it in the pump cleanout basket (this is my preference, but is it likely to occur quickly?)
-Cut the pipe and install a threaded union between the pump elbow and the pad that would allow me to use a snake.
-seek professional help
I appreciate any advice,