My pool sand filter pump isnt filtering the water is dirty going back in
my pump/filter run in every position except backwash and filter. backwash flow really low and slow, filtering starts and stop,but there is still suction on the baracuda. this is an above ground doughboy.
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There is a lot of confusion about various filters, many different opinions, and several important facts to consider. The first is that a pool can be properly maintained with any of the filter systems available: Sand, Cartridge, or Diatomaceous Earth (DE). Here is a brief description of each type:
SAND FILTERS Water is pushed through a bed of filter sand and removed through a set of lateral tubes at the bottom. The filter area of a sand filter is equal to the area of the filter itself. For example, a 24" filter will have 3.14 square feet of filter area. Only the top 1" of sand is actually used to filter the water. The principle behind this filter is that water is pushed through the filter sand, somewhat like an espresso machine. Dirty water goes in the top and clean water exits out the bottom. As the filter sand becomes plugged with debris from the pool, the pressure increases on the filter and the water flow drops. In order to clean the filter, you just run it in reverse and dump the waste water; this is referred to as "backwashing" the filter. How to Choose the Right Swimming Pool FilterPool filter reviews
turn filter off turn multiport to backwash turn pump on you should see water coming out of the waste line (make sure you have a hose on it with clamps) run for a coupleof minutes until water in sightglass goes from dirty to clear turn off pump turn multiport to rinse turn pump on run for 30 sec then turn off turn multiport to filter then turn back on thats all
Excellent answer Robco, One slight variation of an explanation about "waste"...
When in this mode, water never actually enters the filter tank, it goes in the valve from the pump, and out of the valve through the waste port.
Very similar to the "recirculate" mode, it comes from the pool with the help of the pump into the filter valve, and right back out the filter valve, without ever going into the tank, and back to the pool via the return port.
Cloudy water is the bane of sand filters!. I suggest letting filter run day and night. Do not backwash until the pressure rises 8 - 10 pounds above clean starting pressure. Do not try to vacuum or stir up the sediment. when water clears, vacuum to waste. Keep the hose running while vacuuming. A dirty filter is a better filter (up to a point). At a higher pressure the filter will trap more of the fine particles that are clouding your water.
if the debris your are trying to vacuum up is more fine than the sand can catch (specifically with algae or dead algae), it will blow right through the filter. there is a setting on your filter called either drain or waste. when using this setting the water completely bypasses the sand and comes straight out the back wash outlet. this is a rather tedious task as you lose alot of water, but it is the only way to remove this type of particulate. make sure the pool is overfilled when you begin. good luck!