First an introduction and then I will move on to my main concern...
So I just purchased a house last week and it has a pool. Ive been scouring this forum for the past month so that I will be able to take care of the pool myself. BTW thank you guys so much, this is such a great resource!!!!
I feel I have the chemistry part under control. I purchased a test kit and the results arent too bad.
I can tell the previous owners must have been big fans of the trichlor and cal hypo. If I am correct, I believe I should at some point drain the pool to get the CH and CYA back in check. The water is clear and I dont see any signs of scaling. There are some stains in the pool but I think it could just be because of the very thing plaster (this pool is in bad need of a replaster). It could also be the leaves that are constantly falling in the pool.
Anyways, onto my main concern... Today I went by the house (I have not moved in yet) and noticed the pump was spitting huge bubbles out of the returns. I went to the pump and I could see air/water sloshing around through the viewport. The first thing I did was clear out the skimmer because it is always full of leaves. This time in particular it was completely full. After that the pump was able to re-prime and began chugging along just fine. Now this leads me to believe that the main drain is either clogged or not hooked up at all.
In addition, I am going on vacation this Friday for 10 days. I am going to have my sister come by and at least dump some bleach and clean the skimmer but she can probably only get by there every 3 days. Sooooo.... I am thinking a permanent solution will take some time. In the mean time is there a way that I can keep the skimmer from filling up and stopping the pump. I thought about a cover but I dont have one and my pool is very irregularly shaped so it might not work that well.
Here is the pump config if it will help:
The booster pump is for a polaris 280. The 280 hooks up to one of the returns in the pool. I only have one skimmer.