My wife heard the pump losing pressure this evening. Checked the basket and it was plugged like a cork with debris from all the rain today. When I cleared it, the sudden change in pressure caused the filter casing to spring a leak (several actually). I now have roughly 5 pencil width jet streams spraying from the filter housing when I turn on the pump. The whole system was in place before I bought the house and most of the labeling has been worn off, but with a flashlight at an angle, I can make out "Hayward 500 Star Clean Filter Model C-1500". The pool is about 10k gallons. I'm attaching a photo of the filter housing. The red line shows the location of the leaks (they're actually on the opposite side facing the house). A few questions:
- It almost looks like the housing is 3 separate parts and all the leaks are in the middle portion. I wouldn't be so lucky that I could just change this one part?
- Is this model still even available?
- If the water level is not above the middle of the tile, the filter housing normally makes a considerable amount of noise with the sound of water rushing in. This happens well before the pump loses prime. Is this normal or should I change to a different model filter housing in the process of dealing with this problem. This is an issue often, as it seems that I open have to run the hose for 30min every week or two to keep the level up, leading me to wonder if I have a small leak somewhere (a different issue... I digress)
- The PVC going into the filter housing is threaded. Does this just unscrew? How do I disconnect from the pump outlet and pool return plumbing?
- The existing unit is just sitting freely without being attached to the pad? Does this matter? When I fix this, should I tag it down with tapcons or something?
- The existing pump is old and right next to the pool (poor or cheap design). Is there any connection between the filter housing and the pump that this would be a good opportunity to change both at the same time or does the two speed have no impact on the filter design?
Any and all advice greatly appreciated. I have to get this going before my pool turns into a swamp. It won't take long with this nasty weather we're having right now in South Florida. Thanks!