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Cleaning Your Swimming Pool Filter and Pump Basket

Over time (from a few days to a few weeks, depending on how much the pool is used and environmental conditions), your filter will require cleaning. You might notice a loss of suction when vacuuming or an increase in filter gauge pressure. You should clean the filter when the pressure increases 8-10 lbs. above the filter’s initial start-up

A. Sand Filter
1. Begin by shutting off power to the system.
2. Move the lever at top of filter from “filter mode” to “backwash mode”.
3. Turn power to the system back on.
4. Continue to backwash until waste water becomes clear. Note: It is a good idea to attach a hose to the backwash outlet of the filter. Run the hose to an area where the water will drain away. Also, be sure the water level remains high enough so as not to lose the prime.
5. When waste water is clear, shut off power to the system.
6. Turn lever back to the “filter mode” setting.
7. Turn pump and filter back on.

B. Cartridge Filter
1. Begin by shutting off power to the system.
2. Close the Ball Valve.
3. Screw a Threaded Plug (found in separate plastic bag) into Return Wall Fitting from the inside of the pool.
4. Open Air Relief Valve.
5. Remove the lid from the Filter Canister.
6. Lift out the Cartridge Filter and clean with a garden hose.
7. Clean Filter Canister by removing Drain Plug at base of filter. Replace plug.
8. Replace Filter Element and reattach lid.

C. Pump Basket
1. Remove pump lid and clean pump basket. Replace lid.
2. Open Ball Valve, remove Threaded Plug from Return Wall Fitting, and close Air Relief Valve.
3. Turn power to the system back on.

WARNING: Pump must be shut off when cleaning

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June 23, 2010 at 11:02 am Comments (0)

Why is My Swimming Pool Water Cloudy?

There are MANY reasons for cloudy pool water: early algae growth; environmental issues such as frequent, heavy rains; lack of sunlight on the pool (UV sunlight is an excellent natural oxidizer); poor circulation, lack of pool use; too little filtration time, pool filter should run 8 to 12 hours each day that the pool is open; improper pool vacuuming & pool surface brushing; neglecting to shock the pool on a regular weekly or bi-weekly basis (shocking helps to eliminate build-ups of things that won’t be processed by the filter, such as body oils & lotions, plus kills early outbreaks of algae). Be sure your swimming pool has been thoroughly vacuumed with a good pool vaccum! Eliminate these issues first before using water clarifying products.

Steps for Pool Water Clarification Treatments:

1.) Test swimming pool water for Combined Chlorine, pH, Alkalinity and Calcium Hardness. The two areas that are most likely to cause cloudy pool water (from a basic water chemistry standpoint) are the pH and the Calcium Hardness.

2.) If the pool chemical levels are not within the following suggested ranges, adjust the chemicals and run the pool filter system for 12-24 hours before re-testing. Free Chlorine: 1-3 ppm (the pool owner should be aware that the Total Chlorine level must be the same as the Free Chlorine, if the Total is higher, there exists Combined Chlorines or Chloramines. Combined Chlorine should be ZERO), pH: 7.2 – 7.6, Total Alkalinity: 90 – 120 ppm (certain products require a TA of 80 ppm) and Calcium Hardness: 200 – 350 ppm.

3.) If you are unable to maintain a solid chlorine or bromine level for at least 3 consecutive days without shocking, you may have a chlorine demand problem which will require special treatment & needs to be addressed before the problem worsens.

4.) If all the pool chemical levels test in range, the cloudy pool water is caused by fine debris suspended in the pool water. You should backwash or clean your pool filter following the manufacturer’s instructions, and run the pool filter system continuously for 24 to 48 hours. Too Frequent back washing, especially with a sand filter, will cause the filter to not filter out fine particulate. As the sand bed of the filter accumulates debris, it actually helps to tighten the filter media resulting in the ability for better filtration. A good rule of thumb is to backwash only when the pressure of the water returning to the pool is noticeably diminished.

5.) If the water conditions have not significantly improved you should add a clarifier pool chemical to the pool water to help your pool filter remove the fine debris from the water. Continue filtering for without interruption until the water clears.

6.) If the water conditions have not significantly improved you should add a second dose of clarifier, or a stronger clarifier chemical and continue to run your filtration system. Keep in mind that TOO MUCH clarifier will actually work against the clarifying process; particles will repel one another rather attract. Follow label instructions to the letter. Do not repeat more often than 2 additional times over the course of one week.

7.) Sometimes a pool can be too cloudy for a clarifier. If this is the case you will have to move up to a floc. This will drop any suspended particles to the floor so you can vacuum it to waste.

We hope this helps and please let us know if we can be of any further help. Have a great summer in your pool!

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