First time opening our pool. Pool company closed it last fall. I removed the return plugs, the bottle that was screwed into the skimmer, plug in pump basket. Replaced both drain plugs in the pump, 1 in the filter, and 1 in the heater. I opened the skimmer line. I primed the pump and I do get water flowing into the pump basket. I would estimate that it is filling up about 1/2 way and with good flow. I have 4 returns and the first 3 have water coming out but at a reduced rate. Last return has no water coming out of it. I am getting small bubbles out of the first 3. The main drain has been plugged for at least 8 years. At the skimmer, I do not feel any suction when I place my hand in the bottom of the skimmer. I ran the pump for a total of 10 min today and then stopped. Do I need to run the pump longer to get the air out and all returns working or is this an indication of a problem?
Pool company installed a pentair variable speed pump last night. It took a few minutes and tightening a couple of unions to get a full basket of water with pump running. Pump speed and jets were adjusted and everything looked great. I went back out after 40 min and noticed the pump basket had 3/4 water in it and my pressure gauge (which is new) was bouncing back and forth from 10 - 0. The level in basket is filling and flushing. I still feel no,suction when I put my hand in the skimmer. I replaced 1 o-ring in 1 union bc I had an extra. Seems I back to square one with a new pump.