Hi, after a very active 10 days around our pool with out of towners coming and going and many trees around my pool to dirty it up real good, I though I would pass my manual vacume to waste on the filter before performing my backwash. Then performed the backwas only to fine my pump would go from 0 to 18 on the pressure gauge then back down and up again.. Same for the rince cycle..
Figured it was caused by the low water level from the waste vacum so started to refill the pool from the hose.
After about 12 hrs of filling the water level was barely above mid skimmer arrow.. Maybe a 1/4 inch and in about 6 hrs. Without the hose it has dropped close to 3/4". I've looked for punctures and tested one with food coloring but wasn't that.
I have shut the pump off for the night and will see if it has changed in the morning but from everything I am reading here would point to a leak in the piping. The heat pump has always had water around it but discounted that as condensation. It's always done it. Same goes for a leaky O ring on my pump and there doesn't seem to be more water leaking from there than usual.
I thing that I haven't checked but will tomorrow is if water is leaking from the permanent backwash pipe when the pump is operational. Could this very recent trouble be caused by a faulty filter head?
What other things should I be looking for given my total situation?
Thank you very much, will update tomorrow.
Edit: forgot to mention that the day after all this, without much help from the trees, the pool is as filthy as before the waste vac and after every backwash, it seems that we can see traces of debris coming into the pool from the returns.