We've had this pool for about 8 years now (previous owner built it). Its very close to a very large eucalyptus tree, the medicinal kind which is also used in flower arrangements. Needless to say, it drops tons of leaves and sometimes small twigs/branches (hardly ever thicker than my pinky finger) into the pool, and lately what seems like thousands of a certain kind of beetle larvae. When we moved in they had a jandy energy filter and manual switching of the jandy valve to clean and just filter. I removed the jandy enery filter and just had the cleaner line coming off the main filter, as I heard those energy filters can break and then drain your pool without you knowing it. I also got a bigger cleaner than what was installed, but still went with a non-booster pump cleaner still with a dual speed pump.
With all these changes, at least the sweep has been automated, but the filter cartridges keep tearing, and I typically replace all 4 of them every year. I can tell they are torn because I get stuff clogging the inline filter for the cleaner in the wall of the pool, so things are getting past the filter. I just replaced them a couple months ago and I'm already seeing stuff come through the filter. When this happens it seems as if the filters are practically ineffective and the pool gets dirty with stuff floating in the water not getting filtered. It also makes the sweep grind to a crawl as its inline filter gets jammed full of stuff and causes extra work for the pump.
Every other pool I've seen uses a booster pump cleaner, and I have been wondering if pushing the water on high speed through the filter is whats causing the tearing filters. I've been debating:
- going back to an energy filter and bypassing the main filter while running the pump on high speed for the sweep
- getting a booster pump and replacing my cleaner, so I can run the pump on low speed only. Not sure if pulling through the filter would be as damaging as pushing through it.
I'm not sure what the best option is, or if there is another way to (as automated as possible) have a clean pool.
Here is a picture of the pool, where you can see the eucalyptus tree in the background: