OK...First time Pool DIY'er and I failed to open the return line. Doh! Discovered all kinds of water flowing out of pump. I quickly opened the valve realizing my error ,but water continued to leak slightly from bottom of pump where it meets the motor (damage is done). After 24 hours for super-chlorinating and while I was vacuuming the pool, the Pentair Challenger 1.5 hp pump lost suction. It is about 8 yrs old. I cleaned the Pentair FNS PLus 48 Filter. I cant get water to flow. the pump sounds like its on...but I can't get it primed.
What is the first thing to check? Im thinking of attempting to repair my self...not sure what to look for. Do I replace all seals? And how do I detach the pump? do I need to cut piping?
Any help is appreciated.