Problems With Pool Filter

Lower Water With Sand Filter

What setting on a sand filter do you use to empty some of the water in the pool because the water is too high?



Hi. You could use backwash, rinse or vacuum to waist. They would all do the job.

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Cloudiness

by Kevin
(IL)

My above ground pool has had a series of problems. First, I was getting sand in the bottom of the pool and I fixed that. The sand filter is a Taglious. I had a pump leak and that has been fixed.

I am on a well and when I back wash the waste should be orange. My pool is cloudy and sometimes green, but always cloudy. The sand is less than 1 year old. 3 places say the water is ok.

Sometimes the cloudiness is chalky and sometimes green, but the backwash discharge is never as dark as when its functioning properly. This has gone on for 3 weeks.



Hi Kevin. I would recommend shocking with vinyl shock every two weeks and running the filter more. Run the filter 24/7 if needed.

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Algae Gets Past Filter Cartridge

by Joe White
(Georgina Ontario)

I have an above ground Intex pool. There is a close by maple tree that drops leaves in the pool. The leaves are causing a green cloudy algae, which I think is from an obvious tree disease that makes the leaves spotted etc.

We remove the leave as soon as possible, but can't always keep them from sinking and making the water look green from the chalky algae that comes off them and mixes with the water. Turning off the filter and letting the algae sink and cover the bottom allows vacuuming . That intently returns the water to a crystal clear condition.

Problem : The Intex filter design is a sloppy fit. The paper cartridge filter is not fitting tight enough around it's mounting flanges so the micro sized algae particles pass by. Vacuuming as is just shoots the algae back into the pool.

I've tried modifying the cartridge fit , etc. But only vacuuming with the lid off the filter to allow the dirty water to spill out on the ground- like backwashing-is the only solution. Not good for maintaining water levels. I can leave the pump motor off and let natural suction vacuum, and it helps, but still - there must be a better solution (other than removing the tree obviously)

I hate to have to buy a new better and expensive filter system, but wonder if a home-brewed solution is a sand filter. Do you have any solutions?

Many Intex users must spend tons of money on chemicals trying to solve their algae problem when it is really just a fitter design/cartridge dormant problem.

If the filter gets clogged from a tight fit solution they are easily washed out. I don't think folks realize that either.

Your experience with this must have created some ideas for a fix- other than a new system. Please make a suggestion, ESP on the effectiveness of a homemade sand filter.

Thanks, Joe



Hi Joe. The usual problem with Intex pool cartridge filters people do not run them enough hours. In many cases 24/7 is not enough. But in many other cases it is just the secret to keep the pool clean.

Algae will blow through the best of sand filters and all cartridge filters as well, it is just that fine of material. You need to get rid of the algae by draining it straight out of the pool, not running it through the filter. Then start using shock treatment more often and running the filter a lot.

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Krystal Clear Salt System

by Barb
(Canada)

I have an 18 foot round pool that is 48 inches deep. I want to attach my Krystal Clear salt water pool chlorinator and I don't know how much salt to use. Does anyone know how much salt I should put in? I don't have the manual and I can't seem to find out on line.

Thanks



Hi. I would buy a bag of salt from your local grocer and add a little each day into your skimmer. That should take care of it. Maybe someone else can offer something a little more definite for you model.

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Pool Hose Came Off

by Melissa

Our pool hose came off last night during the night while the filter was running and now the filter will not work. How do I trouble it?



Hi Melissa. That is the big problem with above ground pool hoses. I hope it is not the case, but your probably burned up your pump, they can not run dry for very long.

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