OK, I have a house which was a foreclosure and sat vacant for 2 1/2 years. Add in the neighbor’s kids who like to throw things in water, and my own (put some damned fish in it as forget it" attitude, and we have the current situation:
There is a blockage between the floor drain and the skimmer - if I lower the water level below the skimmer inlet, the pump goes almost completely dry.
What tool should I use to blow the crud out? I’m assuming that it will be a high-pressure device which can be shoved into the drain’s outlet line in the bottom of the skimmer - but what? How much pressure? (this is 1 1/2 sch 40 PVC in a gunnite pool 15,000 gal). How do I ensure the force go into the pipe and not back in my face?
At this point I’m thinking: take pipe fitting to tool rental place, try pressure washers’ nozzles on the pipe to check fit, select unit which comes closest.
Any recommendations on grates for the drain? Maybe a stainless steel colander or cooking strainer?