I bought the house with an existing dirty pool 2 months ago. It had a working SVRS Pentair pump, approximately 3.5 years old. I got the pool clean and everything worked fine, including the creepy crawly. I had been told by several pool guys that the SVRS is not meant for residential use or creepers, but that is what I inherited and it seemed to work ok. I have a Purex Triton 2000 DE filter and a Hayward salt chlorinator (T15) for an in ground plaster pool of approx. 35,000 gallons. The filter needed, and received new filter grids and DE.
Bad things started to happen a few days after the pool was drained. It was empty for 3 days while a new main drain was installed and the world's sloppiest tiler replaced the waterline tile. Once the pool was refilled and all the proper startup chemicals were added, the creeper sucked up a lot of broken tile chips and grout into the pump basket. Then I began having problems with the pump. It began to shut itself off intermittently, occasionally restarting itself, but the error message was "clean drain before restarting". Also, it completely rejected the poor innocent creeper, shutting off 15 or 20 seconds after the priming completed. The only other diagnostic tidbit I can offer is that the filter pressure went from under 20 (at 3000rpm) to 30 and remains there now.
I cleaned the only skimmer, the pump's basket, the filter (first backwashing then cleaning the grids with a hose - putting the lid back on was no fun). I had the Leslie's pool supplies repair guy out to fix the situation. A very nice guy, he reiterated that the SRVS was not designed for a creeper, but he adjusted the sensitivity to try to compensate. He was also on the phone to Pentair for an hour, as he could not keep the pump going, even with the creeper detached. Finally, he got the pump to stay on by keeping the rpm's over 3000, and told me not to use the creeper.
So, the water is clean, but the bottom is not. When I try to vacuum the pool manually, without using my creepy friend, the pump shuts off after 15 seconds. That is, if I plug the hose into the skimmer's hose port, the pump shuts off. There is, however, plenty of suction in the hose for that 15 seconds. If I try to set the rpm lower without the hose attached, the pump shuts off.
That's it. I'm sorry this note is so long winded, but I tried to give you all the info and anticipate your questions. However, I'm new to pool ownership and know very little about pools, so I look forward to your responses and questions, and will give you whatever info you need so you might help me. I am trying to avoid replacing the pump or jackhammering up the concrete to look for blockages.
Thanks in advance.