Hi. My pool has declared war on me this year, but I'm not going to let it win without a fight. I'm still trying to get it open. Now that I've got the electrical repairs done and the pump is running, I believe I have a substantial suction line leak. Here's my thinking:
When I got the pump running, I removed the winterizing plug from the skimmer, turned the pump on, and started adding chlorine. There is no bottom drain, just the skimmer. The pool hadn't been opened in three years, so the water was black and foul. Since it needed so much cleaning, I stayed on top of it for the first few days, working near the pump and bumping every 10 minutes or so, whenever the flow slowed, but turning the pump off at night. Since I backflushed the filter twice a day at first, I didn't really notice the leak for a few days. Once I stopped backflushing so much I noticed the water level dropped about 2 inches overnight. I then reinstalled the winterizing plug on the skimmer line overnight when the pump was off, and the leak stopped completely.
I have a few local pool companies coming to look at my pool tomorrow to give a quote, but I'm also looking into making this repair myself. If anyone has any experience with something like this, I'd be grateful for any input. Thanks!