Have you backwashed your filter?
Normally, most of the foreign particles brought about by the elements such as the rain and wind into your pool will go directly to the filter. But some may be deposited at your pool’s bottom which requires being vacuumed.
Before vacuuming, make sure that the filter hasn’t been backwashed. Backwashing agitates the sand which hinders effective dirt trapping for a few hours, so vacuuming will most likely return the dirt instead of removing it from your pool.
Important: Do not backwash your filter prior to vacuuming.
Is your pool filter working right?
It could be that your pool filter is working poorly that dirt is returning in your pool after you vacuumed. Check on the sand of your sand filter, if you have one and make sure that it still has its sharp edges to effectively filter debris from your pool.
How to keep your filter working right
Clogging may cause damage to your filter thereby making it inefficient in cleaning your pool. Read your filter manufacturer’s manual to know the standard operating pressure and check regularly for the proper index.
Remember that your filter functions to remove small debris from the water to make it clear.
To avoid clogging your filter, you can use an automatic leaf skimmer to get rid of leaves and other foreign particles from the water’s surface. However, you’ll need to remove large sticks or branches by hand.
Make sure that it is clean and all the accessible components (o-rings, gaskets, and fittings) are treated with a silicone-based lubricant to prevent them from becoming brittle and avoid cracking during winter.
Multi-port valve set at “Filter”
The “Filter “position in your multi–port valve is the usual setting used on your regular vacuuming job. It is apt for vacuuming a relatively clean pool.
However, vacuuming algae or a large amount of dirt in the “Filter” setting would most likely result to the dirt coming right back into the pool through the return jets. Instead, set your multi-port valve to the “Waste” position.
Vacuum to Waste
Set your multi-port valve to the “Waste” position if there is a lot of debris in your pool, especially very small particles of dirt and algae that easily clog up and strain the filter.
Vacuuming the pool to waste diverts the water to the pool’s waste line so that the large amounts of dirt, organic pollutants such as algae as well as chemicals from pool treatments go directly down the drain.
How to vacuum to waste
Check out this video to follow the simple steps on how to vacuum to waste.
In vacuuming to waste, you will need the following:
- Vacuum hose,
- Vacuum plate,
- Filter system with multi-port valve head,
- Backwash hose.
Don’t let your water level go lower than the skimmer. Turn off other pool equipment such as automatic pool cleaner and heater.
Make sure that the vacuum hose is full of water before plugging its open end to the vacuum plate. Clean the skimmer basket before securing the vacuum plate above it.
Vacuuming to clean your pool should be rewarding rather than frustrating. Considering all the possibilities that could affect the task would ensure that your time and effort is not wasted and what more?
You can cut your expenses on chemicals and most of all- you need not worry anymore about the dirt coming back in when vacuuming your pool!
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