I just starting opening my pool this past weekend and ran into a few issues. First of all let me say that I had to redo my skimmer line converting from the original cheap hose to 1 1/2" flexible PVC with unions and necessary fittings. Also, my return (a light assembly the water comes out around) was leaking (like the o-ring inside the housing wasn't sealing) and I just decided to replace it with a standard return jet with "eyeball" (the light never worked anyway). I've been having issues with the return line seeping (fast drip) but I think I found where I went wrong (using Teflon tape instead of the appropriate PVC thread sealant and possibly over-tightening the threads). Anyway, I've noticed that my pump after a fresh backwash & rinse runs around 12 to 13 PSI (seems consistent with last years readings). At this pressure the water coming out of the new return is blasting out! (Note that my water level is not up above the return yet as I'm not finishing filling with water until the return is no longer leaking. I have my skimmer line shut off and I'm using my bottom drain to run the pump - LOVING that I went with the bottom drain option!)
So I let the system run awhile after the backwash and after about 30 minutes the pressure gauge has gone from 12/13 to 17/18 and the water coming out of the return is just flowing not blasting! Backwash / rinse again and same thing - about 30 to 60 minutes until pressure rises again. I didn't have this pressure rising issue when I first ran the pump overnight with the old return (the light assembly).
What could be causing this pressure to rise so fast? Could it be something related to my plumbing connections? Or could it be that the sand in my filter needs replaced. The sand is just starting season number 3 and I believe I've read that the sand should last for quite a few years.
Also, should my water be "blasting" out? It seems like it's a little too much force coming out. I also don't like how the water comes straight out (with minor adjustment from the eyeball) instead of coming out at a sharp angle like it did with my light assembly.
I can upload photos if they will help.
Thanks for your help!