Hope the winter treated you well and you're all ready for pool season, I know I am. I just took the cover off my inground pool and as usual, it's a mucky swamp (which was expected and thanks to TFP last year, I know exactly what to do for killing the algae!). Anyways, I've taken out all of the plugs from the skimmer and returns, put the plugs back in my sand filter and pump basket and hooked up all the pipes and everything back to the filter and pump. The problem is, when I turn the pump on, it doesn't appear to be pulling water from the pool into the pump basket... I filled up the pump basket with water from a hose and that water is making it to the pool skimmer basket so it doesn't appear there's a blockage along the pipe, but when I turn the pump on again, it's not pulling water from the pool... it does pull water from the pipe that I just poured hose water in and when the filter is set to Waste, I can tell that the water is definitely making it into the filter briefly. So my questions are :
1. I took the plug out of the bottom of my sand filter when I closed the pool, so I am assuming there is no water in the filter... how can I get water into the filter? Do I need to open the filter and put water in manually? I figured the pump should still work to pull the water into the filter, but I could be wrong.
2. If it's possible to get water into the filter via the pump, what setting should I put the filter on? Filter, Backwash, Rinse, Recirculate, Closed, Waste?
3. If my problem is not the filter not having enough water, any other ideas why the pump isn't pulling water from the pool?
4. Can I start adding bleach to kill the algae even if the pump/filter isn't circulating the pool water?
Thanks in advance!!