Hello! First post on this forum as I've been sharking google a bit trying to figure out which place would be best to post for problems (and future discussions...)
Anyway, I recently purchased a home with an in-ground pool. My experience with pools before owning this house is basically nothing, so I just did some common sense things showed to me by a pool tech over the span of about 10 minutes (cleaning the filter, pool priming, using the vacuum, etc). Anyway, the tech neglected to mention that I should probably use a vacuum plate for my skimmer.
So long story short, for the past 2-3 weeks I've been vacuuming a decent amount of debris, mostly leaves but also some long and very thin sticks. Normally when I vacuum'd the pool, suction was great, priming the tube for it was easy and everything worked fine. However, when I went to go and vacuum the pool the other day (by putting my skimmer on 100%), the pump suddenly lost all pressure, as in a 0 psi reading from my filter and it seems like the water gets backwashed into the pump.
I have tried a drain king, both ways along with shoving something into the other end to create even more pressure, with no luck. We also tried a snake (not for long as I had read that these are rather dangerous for PVC). When I put the drain king in, I can actually see water flow to/from the pump (depending on which end I put it in.) This leads me to believe it's a partial clog, but I want to be 100% sure before I try to snake it again.
I am looking for advice on whether this is a clog or a collapsed line. If it's a collapsed line and I try to snake it obviously I am just going to cause more damage. But if it's a partial clog I wouldn't have much issue with running a proper snake down there and getting all the stuff out.