So I get my new Poolskim in the mail and went to install it this morning. I noticed my pressure was a little high so I was going to backwash first. I have had an issue with an air leak from the skimmer to my pump, so I don't usually run the skimmer wide open. I have had it running wide open to help skim the junk from the top of the pool for a week or so.
Anyways, when I cut the pool off, it was a geyser from the main drain and skimmer. I flipped to backwash, and nothing. Sometimes, it takes 30 seconds or so for the water to come out when backwashing, then it gushes. Today, nothing.
I thought I would filter again and get it primed, and try to backwash again.
Now, I cannot get the **** thing to prime.
I had a crack in my strainer lid, and my pool guy covered it with a gray epoxy substance last year. When I cut it off today, water sprayed and I could hear air hiss from the stuff used to patch my lid. Could this be the problem?
The strainer basket is full of water, and I am getting air bubbles about every 5 seconds from one of my returns, not much from the other.
I have turned off the skimmer to see if it would prime, turned on the skimmer and put a water hose in there to try to assist with the main drain cut off, and with both open.