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    monarenae's Avatar
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    Unhappy Confused-please help

    So, I've had a pool for quite some time, but I had a pool guy. Well, quite frankly I got tired of being embarrassed when friends came over and my pool wasn't clear, that I let him go. My son has been taking care of the chemical balancing and has really done a good job. But now, I want to clean the filter as I know that it should be done every six months. After researching, I realize that I will also be backwashing the filter every so often. I've read so much about backwashing and I think I got it down. Well, I purchased a backwash hose and was set to do this over the weekend and go to the filter and as we're getting ready to get started, I notice that there is nothing that looks like a backwash line out. Is this normal...not to have anywhere to connect a backwash hose to? What do I do now? I've looked and looked, and there is nothing anywhere that I can connect a backwash hose to. Soooo confusing.

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    Re: Confused-please help

    Hello Mona and welcome to TFP! When speaking about backwashing, you give the impression you have a sand filter. But if you don't see the appropriate fitting, then perhaps you have something else. Maybe you can post a pic of your equipment?

    Have you tried linking your photos from Photobucket? That's what many of us do here on TFP. Upload your pics to Photobucket (free), then copy & paste the IMG code for that pic from Photobucket to your TFP post. Works great.

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    Re: Confused-please help

    How about a couple pics of your filter and general pool equipment? Perhaps you don't have a sand filter? If you have a cartridge filter, there will be no just pulls the cartridge out and hoses it down until clean.
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    Re: Confused-please help

    Welcome to TFP!

    Your signature says you have a DE filter.

    More on cleaning a DE filter here,
    Pool School - Maintenance and Cleaning of Pool Filters

    and here,
    Use and care for DE filters
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    Re: Confused-please help

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    Just wanted to add that we recommend cleaning the filter (whether backwashing a sand or DE filter or spraying down a cartridge) when the pressure rises 20-25% over the clean pressure ... not based on some specific amount of time like 6 months.
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