Hello all. I just had my first opening this morning.
After I got the pump running, the pool guy told me not to add anything to the pool until after the pump runs 1-2 days straight. Note that my water was cloudy and I had a lot of organic debris in the water as the cover did not completely cover this pool over the winter.
I ran the pump fine for about 5 hours today and then tested (for the first time). Readings were as follows:
68 PH (not sure if this is accurate--this is the lowest number in the test)
Water was at 59 degrees.
I turned off the pump..
I added some DE to the skimmers (.75 cup) to improve the filtering.
The filter PSI reading went from 21 to about 25 in an hour or two.
I didn't expect it to go up this much and wasn't sure if it was due to the DE or the debris in the pool.
I turned the pump off and performed my first backwash (I later learned that this may not have been a good idea)? In any regards, when turning the pump back on, it was making a louder than normal noise and the filter showed 0 PSI. I checked the flow at the pool and nothing was moving. Looking in the pump, I did not see water filling the skimmer while it was running. When the pump stops, water will fill the skimmer again.
(Note that I have not added any chemicals to the pool as of this point.)
I really don't want to call the pool guy back over if I don't have to. Does someone have any ideas on where I could start? Was thinking of taking some time off work tomorrow and taking the pump apart (I watched a YouTube video)... Again, I would rather not spend my time tomorrow doing this. Any suggestions? Hope it's something simple.
~As a first time pool owner, I have a lot to learn~