First off... please forgive me for being a noob. I'm sorry if this is in the wrong place, or anything of the sort...
We moved into our house late last August and finally got the pool running. Hooray! The thing was filled with mud practically and we had to drain it and refill, but it works.
Anyway, we can't get the vacuum to work well. My pool is a 25-30,000 gallon kidney shaped pool with two skimmers, two returns, and two drains in the bottom. One drain is in the deep end and one is in the shallow end.
We are using a generic cheap manually operated vacuum. No robot or anything. The procedure we use is to turn off one skimmer/drain via a ball valve by the pump, then hook the vacuum to the live skimmer. When we attempt to clean the pool there is very little suction from the vacuum and it is basically worthless. I believe the issue is the filter/pump is several feet below the top of the pool, so naturally the bottom drain is receiving more suction from the pump than the skimmer. The pump is roughly 4' below the edge of the water, it is the way the PO had it set up.
What are my options? My dad asked the local pool supply store if we could simply hook the vacuum directly to the pump but the guy there gave some vague answer saying it won't work. I'm very skeptical of the pool store in general as they are always trying to make a sale. I needed a gasket for my Amerlite (or something like that, but that is another thread), and the girl there tried to scare my dad into buying a $150ish light for $400 because we were "going to get electrocuted".
Another option I've read of is a booster pump or something like that. Some stand alone pump that works solely for the vacuum.
Thanks for all of the advice in advance. Please forgive me for my lack of pool knowledge and any mistakes I may have typed. I REALLY need to go to sleep.
TL;DR: My vacuum has no suction.