I have a Hayward EC-75 DE Filter w/1HP Pump which is located in a shed near my pool. The floor in the room the pump sits in is always wet. I assume this isn't normal? The leak seems to be coming from a seam near the bottom of the filter where it sits in a plastic piece that is mounted to the floor. Any ideas what I could do to rectify this? Is there any routine maintenance that I should be performing?
Secondly, whenever I need to open the skimmer basket on the filter, water gushes out of it. Fortunately, there is a drain in the room. Is there something I need to do before I open the skimmer to remove the water pressure (the pump is off when I do this, of course)?