HI ~ I have another thread but I see there's a separate topic area for these issues I need help with, so sorry If I should have ket this with my other one.
Issue One: High suction.
I vacuum my pool everyday. (As yet unidentified stuff collects on bottom)
Last night when I went out to vacuum, I discovered my hose had two major splits between the ribbing, both clean and nearly all the way across.
I thought this odd. I've handled that hose everyday since opening my pool and never saw slices or holes or water emptying from it from anywhere but the ends. It is only a few years old. If it's not in the pool, it's hanging, not lying on the hot cement.
So, I'm wondering what caused the splits to suddenly occur? Any ideas?
I have a second older hose, so I used that one. And wow! The vacuum head stuck to the bottom of the pool!!!
I had to turn the pump off to free it!! Then the only way to continue vacuuming was to keep the brush head at an angle to the bottom so it wouldn't stick again. Really, when this happens it's like cemented to the bottom with the pump on. I can tug hard and it won't come free without turning off the pump.
So, there's been enough vacuum in hose #1 to clean the bottom, yet obviously not full strength? Does that make sense? The holes are near the vacuum end, which is under water.
My Question: Why so much suction and what to do about it?
Is it related to drawing air?
Which brings me to
Issue Two# Leak
I shut down the pump several days ago after running it 24/7 ('cept for nearly daily filter and/or basket rinsing) for the past month. Once the water clears, I only run it at night, unless there are swimmers.
After sitting a day with the pump off I noticed the water level dropped, so I refilled adding about an inch or so.
It's been 90's and humid, the pool is under direct sun all day.
A few days later, it was lower. I added 2 inches and did the bucket test that showed it was more loss than evaporation would account for...at least I though so.
Turns out it's been loosing about two inches of water every couple of days. Definitely a leak.
This morning I went out to vacuum. When I shut down the pump, I saw the air bubble in the pump basket grow.
About every second there was a half dollar sized air bubble feeding into it from the suction line. This is also the first time I've seen this. It continued for a good ten minutes at least. Quite a while later I went back out and opened the pump basket lid. The water drained away with air gurgling sounds. This does not normally happen to the degree it did this morning.
My husband says if there was a leak in the underground pipes, there would be dirt in the pool.
Is that correct? So the air gets in from the pipes above ground?
If there where a leak in the liner, there wouldn't be air in the pump basket, is this correct?
I've been dealing with 'stuff' collecting on the bottom of the pool since the water cleared, thinking it was some kind of algae, finally deciding it was dust. We have a lot from the driveway nearby.
The stuff on the bottom, dirt, dust, or whatever it is, is not visible coming out of the jets. The only spots I see that it ALWAYS shows up is along the two liner seams on the bottom. Any thoughts on why it might always be along the seams?
This is the bottom of the pool before vacuuming. There's more than usual this morning, because I didn't do a thorough vacuum last night due to the overpowering suction.
The darker blue area at the top is the reflection of the house.