Came home from a trip and of course the pool was a disaster. My wife
poured in way too much phosphate remover (I use the highly concentrated
Orenda PR10000) which turns the water milky and coats the filter with a
The pump was getting only a little water through it, but after I cleaned
the cartridges it won't prime at all. If I put water in the pump basket
from a hose the pump sucks it in and pumps it out through the pool
outlets. If I put my hand up against the inlet inside the pump basket I
feel powerful suction.
I was worried that the line between the skimmer and pump was clogged but
I forced water through it using a submersible pump and the pool hose and
the water goes through the pipe just fine.
I noticed that the gasket for the pump basket lid was missing. I suspect
that this was a recent event. I temporarily fashioned a replacement but
it made no difference. I need to go buy one today, but only one store
has it and it's a long way away.
So my thoughts are:
1. The pump is faulty even though it will suck up any water that is put
into the basket and I feel the suction. Maybe it's just not enough
suction to suck the water up through the skimmer.
2. I need the proper gasket for the basket lid even though I didn't see
any air leak.
Any other ideas?
I have a spare pump that I've been meaning to put in (a two speed) but I
was putting it off as long as possible.