As a lot of other users, I just bought a house with a pool, only to find out afterwards that the pool system had been neglected for some time. Since I just bought the house, and I can pretty much figure out a lot of things out from a logical perspective (computer guy here, shhh...), I am trying to do anything I can by myself, buying parts online, etc.
Once we moved in, I found out that the filter casing was cracked on the back and leaking - the previous owner didn't run the pump all the time, so you can imagine how the pool was.
I bought a new Hayward C1200 Star-Clear Plus 120-Square-Foot filter, and installed it myself, upgraded to a temporary plumbing setup (I didn't have time to buy all the valves and joins that should have been used), until I can get a better design and all the valves and joins properly installed for a pool setup.
This is what the old setup looked like:
I circled the pipes coming from the pool, because according to the home inspectors, the Y pipe was reversed. If you look at it, and follow the flow of the water to the pump, it is reversed. So, I attempted to fix it when I installed the new filter.
This is the new setup:
I labeled the pipes from pure guess, because there are no markings. But I think that now I know why the Y pipe was reversed - it seems to be so that the pressure was almost all coming from the skimmer line. When I changed the setup, the straight line of the Y pipe seems to now be on the main drain line, which removed pressure from the skimmer line, which I had my barracuda plugged in. Now the barracuda doesn't work any more.
I replaced the filter and pipes on Saturday, and because the water was so bad, I kept the pump running for about 30+ hours straight (Sat 6PM to Mon 1AM), because of the new filter, and I did a triple shock, added algaecide and a clarifier (I will have another post on the subject later) because the water was pretty bad.
On Sunday night I noticed that the pressure dropped - but it was OK during the day on Sunday. The jets are not blowing as they were anymore, and on Monday morning they seem to be blowing a lot less.
This morning I dropped some water inside of the pump (read it somewhere online) and started it. I noticed now that there is a rattling noise coming from it during the start up. The noise wasn't there before. Anyone has any ideas on how I can solve this pressure and noise issue hopefully without replacing the pump as well?
I want to re-do the pipes, add the proper valves, and unions to make it serviceable later. I was thinking of a setup kind of like this one, of course, just looking at this system without the heater etc.
So, basically I will be adding shutoff valves for the skimmer and main drain, and unions - does this sound like a good setup?
Should I also add a shutoff valve to the return (filter to pool)?
Pump vs Filter
Is this filter size compatible with this pump size?
Before I bought it online I went to a Leslie's Pool store and asked which filter I should get for my pool and they suggested the Hayward C1200.
I would appreciate the help