hey guys, i'm pretty new when it comes to pools. I inherited one last summer. It's a salt water pool and i have lots of questions but i'll keep this specific to plumbing as i think i should fix that first rather than worry about the water. Bascially the pool has 2 jets, one on each end and i used to be able to plainly see a 'current' moving around the pool. Now i can see the jets pushing water out only about 6 inchs. I can feel the pressure coming out and it seems a little low. I have a couple ideas as to what is wrong.
1. I vaccumed the pool but didnt leave the skimmer basket and something is clogged between the skimmer and the strainer in front of the pump. I'm not getting much of any trash in the strainer. My neighbor has a tree which drops tons of these little stringy deals which has a very clogging effect. They clog drains all over my property but they are soft. They just have a way of clumping. I have taken my garden hose with a high pressure nossel and a towel and shot it up the strainer's pipe for 10 mins, then back the other way through the skimmer hole and back and forth. This seems to have made things somewhat better but i'm not getting the movement i used to get. And nothing really came out of either end when i did this.
2.Secondly, i have a pool cleaner which has a terrible design. It's a hayward i think but the important part is that the hose isnt a hose. Its a serious of stupid plastic pipes which since i got the pool, i have fixed over and over again. What happens is at the joints, a leak will spring and the pressure will be lost and the pool cleaner quits moving. At the base of the hose its connected to what i guess is a jet. Right near there in the pool wall, i have a dial which goes from 0-5 which i guess manages pressure of that jet. well i have a couple small leaks in the pipes but now at the base (where it connects to the pool) is a pretty good leak. I know that i'm losing pressure for the pool cleaner there but am i also losing pressure throughout the system. I have included a crude diagram.
oh the pressure gauge reads about 30 for whatever that means