So I've read lots of old threads on my problems but in most of them there is gibberish I do not understand and I have so many problems no 1 thread covers it all. And before you read this please know I suck at managing this pool, I wish we didn't have one or had enough money to pay someone else to do it.
Problems: Came home from vacation to my pump/filter running dry and it looking like a pond (no surprise to the pond it was starting to get yellow when we left). After reading some old threads I can now say this:
1.my pump basket is warped but has been like that since I bought the house (can you believe that I didn't realize it wasn't suppose to look like that? [insert sheepish face]).
2. the pump runs once I refilled it and turned it on
3. there are bubbles coming out of the returns and when pump is off small bubbles very slowly leak into the pump basket reservoir thingy (this was happening before vacation though and, no, a new O-ring for it didn't fix the problem even with pool specific goupy stuff on it). So not sure if this time it caused any new problems.
4. there has been all season a good amount of sand at the bottom of the pool which makes me think I should check the laterals
5. All season I struggle with getting it clear but 90% of the time it passes a OCT. It was yellow, I shocked and slammed and cleaned it till it got beautiful, had a party, checked chlorine after that and it was good (I think 6 the next morning). Within 48 hours the yellow stuff was back!
Can anyone please list out steps in order of the most important to get this disaster of a pool back in order??? I mean I've started the SLAM, vacuumed, brushed, even removed light to brush, but will it work if I have a leak or the lateral is bad? Or should I replace the pump basket first or check other leak issues? Also when checking for damage to a dry running pump what is all the gibberish like influent and effluent fittings, etc, I need the idiots guide to checking for leaks and dry pump problems.
Thanks in advance for anyone who has enough time to put a dent in my troubles.