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Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:10 am Post subject: Sand in pool
Hi, i've been cleaning my pool for 3 years now without any problems, About 2 months ago we had alot of sand in the winds and my pool was covered in it. I cleaned my pool as norm, but a day or two later the sand covered my pool again. So i cleaned again, back washed , filltered ect, a couple of days went by and its covered in sand again. I think it maybe blowing back throu the skimmers not sure. I tried cleaning on waste but still no joy, anyone got any ideas.
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Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:09 pm Post subject: Sand in Pool.
Funnily enough I have just had the same problem here in the Uk,after I bought a new power washer,and got a bit too enthusiastic on a nearby patio on a windy day!Fine red dust was in my pool
You can buy an anti flocculant(i am not sure what its called in Spain),that you put in your pool,leave in overnight,and in the morning or the fine bits of dust have clung to and formed little balls,which you then vacuum away.However,I was a bit lazy,and didnt want to have to drive to my pool supplier,so I vacuumed the walls of my pool,then turned off the vacuum valve(stop it first),and backwashed the filter to waste via the vacuumvalve,then restarted and vacuumed the floor,then backwashed the filter to waste again.It only needed a couple of minutes to clear the filter.I did this the next day,and now it is lovely and clear.
I had previously vaccuumed the pool to waste,but I have a very strong pump and I found it was emptying my pool too quickly and taking too much water out ,which I then had to fill up again!
I also did a quick backwash to waste via the skim valve,for a couple of minutes,just to make sure the skimmer pipework was clear.
I will do a quick backwash today,just to make sure the filter pump is nice and clean(the third day).
Actually,the anti floc is much quicker and easier !!!
I use GEL CUBE pool clarifier, put it in the skimmer it soon melts and gets in the sand filter which then grabs most of the dirt /fine sand, just backwash problem solved, havn't replaced my sand in over 10 years , next year when I do will change it for glass type sand which is better at grabing the dirt/muck from the water, so I have been told by my supplier
Posted: Thu Sep 25, 2014 2:12 pm Post subject: sand in pool
Dear Steve4Polly I have read your posting and I would like to know how big your pool is. If you have been cleaning your pool for the last 3 years then you must be very slow or you have an enormous pool. I sympathise with your problem but would not take attallattalls advise on using a vacuum cleaner. For a start if the vacuum falls into the water you are likely to get electrocuted. I also found the vax or the other wash type vacuums have very little capacity once the water has been sucked up.
It is not a vacuum cleaner you use in your home, it is a built in pump that sucks water into a sand filter then back to the pool
I changed my sand last year no sand getting in the pool for the past 2 years, as the sand ages it gets smaller and lighter hence getting back to the pool
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