I have a pool with pop ups and with occasional manual skimming and brushing I never needed a vacuum. But this year has been drier than normal and windy so I am getting leaves. Bought a simple hose and vac to attach to my pole. Works ok, I am hooking it to the suction side of my skimmer as I have no other way to connect with my piping setup. I have an Ecostar VSP which fully primes at most rpms with only a few tiny bubbles at 1000 RPM.
But when I use the vac it only fills about 3/4 way with water with a lot of turbulence. Seems not to matter if I run at 1500 RPM or 2500 RPM.
Is this normal? I try and prefill the hose with water but that isn't easy to do, or I don't know the trick. Is that the cause of this?
Will it hurt my pump if I vacuum for only a few minutes every week?