This is my first post. What a great forum!
I'm 95% sure that the flexible PVC line/joint at the bottom of my skimmer is leaking. When using the vacuum attached to the port at the bottom of the skimmer air is draw into the pump and I loose suction. If I insert a plastic fitting into the flexible PVC pipe attached to the bottom of the skimmer, and attach my vacuum to that fitting, I get no more air in my pump (this bypasses the bad joint). However, even in this configuration I can see red dye being drawn between the outside of the fitting in the PVC pipe and skimmer port, indicating the joint is still leaking.
My questions: 1) If I start digging, can I expect to get to the bottom of the skimmer where the flexible pipe is attached? 2) Assuming I can get to the bottom and expose the line and can get the line apart, what would be the best way to secure the flexible PVC line back to the bottom of the skimmer?
I have no reason to believe there are any other leaks.
Thanks for any helpful information!