Hi all, new here to the forum and am in my second year of owning an in-ground pool. Last year was mastering water chemistry, but this year has been the mechanical aspect of things.
So my pump motor died last week on a 1 year old pump, and a new one is arriving tomorrow evening. Since I have some down time, I decided to investigate my filter, to see if there was indeed something broken on it that was causing it to shoot sand back into the pool. It gets pretty sandy/dirty on the bottom of the pool, but it hasn't this past week since the pump stopped circulating water.
Today I opened the top to my Pac-Fab Triton TR60, and the first thing I noticed was a thick layer of dandelion dust or something of a similar makeup that supposedly comes from local dogwood trees. Whatever it is, the fibers bound up pretty good and are probably making it difficult for the sand to do its job.
I managed to shovel and shop vac out all of the sand today, and found at least one bad lateral and the other 7 had sand stuck between the slits in the openings in the lateral. I'm assuming these specks of sand jammed in there probably help enable other specks of sand to travel back into the pool.
Luckily my local pool store had 8 new laterals in stock, so I can just replace them all and even done with it. However, I can't take apart the inner workings of the filter to inspect the hub that the laterals screw into. I have no idea what I need to do to get at this or how to check if the hub is cracked or otherwise defective. Should I be worried about the hub very much or do the laterals seem like the culprit? I'll post pics as soon as I can.
Either way, once I'm ready to fill the filter back up with new pea gravel (50 lbs), should I reuse the old pool sand or buy new? Buying new allows me to by the exact amount I need, while using he old keeps me from knowing exactly how much I'd be putting in (unless I weighed each bucket.)
Just curious what you'd do here?
Thanks in advance!