Here is my problem. When I vacuum my cement/plaster floor/steps and fiberglass walls with my vacuum, I actually often get too much suction. I vacuum manually with the rectangular style vacuum with weights on it. I actually enjoy vacuuming it manually...just not now with this problem I'm having!
I prime it from the return jets and cup the hose with my hand it while I walk to the skimmer and insert the hose. When this happens I notice the collection basket next to the pump motor mostly empties and then takes a minute or so to fill back up completely with no air present. Is this normal? Its been like that since I inherited the pool 4-5 years ago.
fyi, This is the only time I ever get air in my basket. Never any air in the lines otherwise.
So, to continue on....almost every time I vacuum now the vacuum itself actually sticks to the bottom and I can't move it. Totally locked in place. The vacuum hose will kink up at this point as well. Make vacuuming a pain in the you know what. Every time that happens I have to shut off the pump, unkink, then turn pump back on, reprime...etc...I have to do this 4-5 times just to clean the entire pool.
This too much suction phenomenon has only occurred the last couple years.
What, if anything, am I doing wrong and do I need to replace anything? I have a single skimmer and single drain at the bottom, and 3 return jets. 18 x 36 oval IG pool. I never adjust any valve(s) when vacuuming. I only have 1 valve near my pump/filter and I never touch it. Should I?
I asked my pool guy about this and he said he has never had anyone with this problem...he says its people saying there isn't enough suction.
Any thoughts or ideas?