First of all thank you to everyone here at TFP. I have been lurking/learning for several months; so far, 1000 questions have been answered with Pool School and the boards. This is my first post!
We bought our old 1952 house (Chapel Hill, NC) in August of 08. Back then I was able to consult with the pool person of previous owners regarding the deep end "drain"/intake. It has no screen or leaf catcher, I am told because no one could find one that fits, so all sorts of stuff can and did get down into the ~6" dia. x 6" deep white PVC-looking cup/drain w/side pipe leading off up to skimmer area.
Up in the skimmer well, there are two holes deep down there, one of which goes off to the filter and pump. The other hole is the top end of the deep end intake, and it has been semi-permanently blocked off, as best as I can remember back to last year's consultation, because that pipeline is clogged or compromised somehow, I can't remember.
My husband (out of town on business) tells me on phone today to undo that seal in the skimmer area and use the deep end intake. He didn't remember or know about the former pool man's story about how it is supposedly unusable or useless. He doesn't like the former pool man, and has burned that bridge for further inquiry/clarification/history.
Now my questions:
1) If I open that seal, which is below the skimmer basket itself, don't I risk sucking up some horrible junk and clogging the line out to my filter with whatever allegedly is clogging the line between the deep intake and the skimmer well?
2) How would one ever unclog such a pipeline?
Thank you for your help/advice