Hi! We moved to this house with an inground pool that's in a very bad condition. It hasn't been taken care of for I don't know how long. Over the past few weeks I've been scooping out leaves from the bottom of the pool and putting chemicals in the pool and the water got better but the pump system broke a few days ago and I need some advice cuz I'm completely new to this.
We had the pump run for days with no problem. Then I learned that we need to backwash the sand filter so I did it and rinsed it and put it back to filter. A few minutes later the pipe near the pump burst. It's a 2 part pipe that's connected together by a black rubber connector. I put the connector back and let the pump run overnight with no problem then the next day it burst again after I backwashed the pump.
So I read somewhere that this rubber connector is to prevent back flow and that means we can't backwash the pump? I don't know if it's supposed to be there at all. Now we bought a one piece pvc pipe and can that be installed there or does it have to have a rubber connector? I'm scared that we'll break the pump and drain the pool or maybe get hurt...
I have pictures showing the entire pump system and I would really appreciate some help. Thanks so much!