I opened yesterday and everything went ok except I have been seeing small water bubbles in the pool. This led me to believe that I had some air getting in somewhere on the suction side. So i shut off the pump, lubed the basket lid o-ring, and tightened the fittings on the suction lines going into the pump.
Then after that, I started to try and fill the pump basket with water, and it seems like it never fills. I stick the garden hose down the suction line to fill the main drain and skimmer line with water but instead it just fills the pool and the basket/suction line never fills with water.
Is this normal? Should the water pressure from the pool force the suction lines to fill up all the way to the pump housing with the motor shut off? I can't decide if I have a leak in the suction lines or if I just need to replace the basket lid o-ring. It keeps falling off every time i take the lid off.