Hello forum members. I am new to this forum. I apologize if this in not the correct location for this post. I am new to pools, having bought a house with a pool just short of a year ago. It has been an interesting adventure learning all the ins and outs of pool ownership and everything that comes with it.
This past weekend I had a leaking skimmer replaced by a pool leak repair company. Matching up the plumbing of the new skimmer to the existing lines was difficult for the repair company. As a result, they added four (4) additional 90 degree bends in the skimmer return line right at the skimmer.
Since the repair, my variable speed pump has failed on loss of prime a few times during the week with no change to the speed setting from before the replacement. In addition, I have not been able to get enough pressure to run the pool cleaner. I used the gauge supplied by the pool cleaner manufacturer to confirm/set the proper speed of the pump for the right pressure required for the cleaner. The original speed I used, before the skimmer replacement, does not provide enough pressure, based on the gauge reading. I adjusted the speed of the pump in 200 rpm steps testing at each step until I was near full speed and still could not get enough pressure.
I am concerned that the extra bends are creating too much restrictions in the plumbing to allow the system to work properly.
I would appreciate any help/advise that anyone may have regarding adding 90 degree bends to a system and/or the troubleshooting of the system.
Thank you in advance.