I have a Viking fiberglass 22K gallon pool with gas heat, salt cell, auto cover with 1 skimmer, 2 massage jets, 3 returns, 2 LED lights and 2 deck jets. The minimum pool closing cost here in Chicago is $475, & I’d like to start doing it on my own.
After cleaning, balancing & shocking the pool, I decided to do a dry run. I removed the tiny plug beneath the pump motor basket, let it drain, and attached a fitting for my pancake compressor. I turned it on and let it run at 20 psi. The skimmer started bubbling so after a minute I closed it with a rubber stop. Then the massage jets bubbled, closed those, then the 3 returns, closed those. At this point, I expected to see the main drains bubble, but they did not. My pancake compressor cannot seem to maintain more than 25 psi at this point.
The deep end is 9 feet & the 2 main drains are at the base of the deep end wall, so there’s a lot of gravity to overcome. In the pic, the suction side is bottom right, & you can see one issue I have is there is no skimmer valve shut-off, only a main drain shut-off. So I can’t directly apply pressure to the mains. Also, the 3 returns use the more modern blue screw-in winter caps that have the pressure bladder in them. They are bubbling pretty fiercely with the compressor on, and I am wondering if that is also a problem since the pressure is getting released at those points.
I ordered a gizzmo because I have an auto cover which requires the water height to stay pretty much as is. I plan to add a gallon or two of anti freeze on my final run, & throw another liter bottle in the skimmer as well as a pool noodle. So I am not worried about the skimmer as much as the rest. Also, the deck jets never seemed to bubble or spray. Any tips or ideas?
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