Hello! I've had my pool for four years now. The first couple of years was easy to maintain because of the SWC but I'm now realizing that the guy who installed it did a lousy job teaching me how to take care of it. Because it's becoming much more difficult to maintain, I've been doing a lot of research to figure out what I should be doing that I haven't been, which is a lot!
I love the site! Excellent information! Well, at least I hope since I haven't actually put it into practice yet. But it seems like people who've posted are happy with their results.
I am planning to buy a test kit so that I can put the BBB pool maintenance method into practice. However, my pool is murky now, I have a problem that I need to fix before I can implement BBB, and I need some clarification that I hope you fine folks can help me with.
My problem is that I seem to have a hole in at least on of the grids of my DE filter. When I add DE, I see quite a bit of it coming out of the water jets. If I have a hole or tear, then I assume I'm getting little, if any, filter action. Unfortunately, it will be about a week before I'll have the time to take the filter apart to inspect it and then, if there is tear, probably another few days before I get the replacement parts. So my question is, what do I do about the murky water in the meantime? Is there any benefit to running my pump and SWC? I have the SWC on Super Chlorinate, but I'm not sure if there's any benefit to that if there's nothing to filter out the dead algae and sludge. On the other side of the coin, I hate to not run the pump and SWC because it's starting to get hot and I fear the algae will get worse. I want to minimize the amount of sludge I'll be pulling thru my new grids, if I have to get them.
I look forward to your response. Thanks and keep up the great work!
22,000 gallons; 16x32 rectangle; 3.5Ft-8Ft Depth; Pentair Whisper Flow 2 speed Pump 1.5/.5HP; Pentair FNSP60 DE Filter; Aqua Rite SWC. Polaris 180 cleaner.