Good day all
I looked through all 6 pages and didn't see any posts related to this issue so I apologize if there is 1 already on file.
I bought my house last year and had a pool guy maintain it until I moved in in October. Due to climate I closed it before I could even enjoy it. Everything worked fine and then I closed it using this site and Youtube videos for reference. I back-washed the filter, blew out all pipes, plugged them, and set it to Winterize. Now trying to re-open, balance the water, shock it, ect. but I am having issues with the filter or valve. What follows is everything in the best detail I can think of, so please bear with me. I have the pump on and is full primed, I know this because 1) the sound, 2)the skimmer keeps suction the entire time, keeping the pool surface clean and 3)I can see the water movement through the window. The valve is set on filter, no leaks anywhere, but there is no pressure coming from any of the return jets. If I turn the pump off, wait a few seconds, and then back on, the jets will blow out the air and then water, but for no more than an hour before it loses it again, almost like a clog. I then back-washed the filter for a few minutes, to ensure clog or no clog, rinsed the sand to re-settle it, then filter again. Same thing happens, plenty of suction from skimmer, but loses any return pressure after less than an hour. So I decided to set it to recirculate to by-pass the filter, however water also exits through the waste port. Would this issue with the valve tie in to the problem of losing return pressure after a while of filtering? Or are the 2 problems unrelated? Any advice or comments will be greatly appreciated.
p.s. I did not post chemistry because I dumped chems in water before realizing the issue with the water circulation and I don't think the balance has an issue with this?