I have a Whisperflo WFE-24 1hp pump.
Last week we had a lot of rain and my in-ground saltwater pool came within half an inch of overflowing. I pumped some of the excess out to waste, but of course forgot and went to work leaving the pump running to waste... doh!
Came back at lunchtime and the pool wast down about a foot below the skimmer. The timer had cut the pump out by the time I returned and the pool refilled over the next few days.
Since then I've noticed 2 problems which may or may not be linked to the pump running without water in the skimmer:
1. I can see quite a lot of air in the filter basket area while the pump is running. This did not happen before. And when the pump stops water drains from the filter basket area back to the pool so the pump has to prime itself again next time it starts.
2. There is a slight leak at the base of the pvc return pipe adjoining the pump on top of the pump. About a cup full of water is released every 1 minute while the pump is running.
Could problem 2 be causing problem 1? If so is fixing problem 2 fairly easy... can i just put some pvc glue in the collar where the up-pipe joins the pump? I;m not much of a handyman... should I get a plumber/pool specialist to do this?
I'm attaching a couple pics to show what my setup looks like.
Thanks for any consideration.