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    Stone dust in pool & leaking pump

    I had some work done on my coping the other day and the people who replaced my stones made a mess of my pool. They cut all the new stone right by the pool and a lot of stone debris and stone dust got in the pool. I have been running the pump and have had to backlash the filter (sand) several times since this Saturday. I assume that at the cloudy pool will eventually clear, but the pump has been running at least 12 hours a day since it happened.

    Yesterday, I noticed that my pump is now leaking. The motor and seal are about 1 year old. Could the stone dust and the pump leaking be connected?

    Thanks for your help.
    30,000 plaster in-ground pool with spa; 2.5HP single speed Centurion pump; Raypak RP2100 propane heater; Polaris 280 with pump, waterfall with separate pump, Triton II commercial sand filter; TF-100 test kit w/ SpeedStir

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    Re: Stone dust in pool & leaking pump

    It could certainly be related or only a coincidence. I'd brush the pool to get that stuff floating and into your filter or vacuum it manually if you can. The 280 will pick up quite a bit of it if you have a fine mesh bag on it but certainly it'll grab miscellaneous chunks of stone, too.
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    Re: Stone dust in pool & leaking pump

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent99 View Post
    It could certainly be related or only a coincidence. I'd brush the pool to get that stuff floating and into your filter or vacuum it manually if you can. The 280 will pick up quite a bit of it if you have a fine mesh bag on it but certainly it'll grab miscellaneous chunks of stone, too.
    Agree. I failed to mention I grabbed the goggles and went for a 1-hour swim picking up all the larger stones. The Polaris 280 has been running non-stop and has picked up a lot of sandy material. Is there a "fine mesh" polaris bag?
    30,000 plaster in-ground pool with spa; 2.5HP single speed Centurion pump; Raypak RP2100 propane heater; Polaris 280 with pump, waterfall with separate pump, Triton II commercial sand filter; TF-100 test kit w/ SpeedStir

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    Re: Stone dust in pool & leaking pump

    Yes, there are a variety of Polaris bags available but I think there must be gold woven through them for some of the prices.
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    Liquidator, Fafco Solar Heat, Polaris PB460 Booster Pump w/280 cleaner, Katchaleaf Cover, TF100 Test Kit, FAKE MAIN DRAIN

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    Re: Stone dust in pool & leaking pump

    I have the sand/silt bag. It is much better than the regular bag. Amazon has them pretty cheap. Shop the price because there is a big difference between vendors.
    Inground 22k gallon gunite 15x31 main pool, 15x7 wading pool/sunning deck, hot tub/with overflow (9' octagon with limestone top) & slide NSWG, Aqua Blue Pebble Sheen
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