We bought a house last summer with an older pool, and this group has really been helpful in helping me learn the ins and outs of owning a pool. Thanks.
OK....So the pool is about 12,000 Gal and recently filled with muddy water that blasted under our retaining wall (insane amount of rain over about a week). Based on research the easy answer is to shock the pool and let the mud settle, then vacuum to waste. Then brush and filter for a week or so until the water clears up.
However, I do not have a waste line. All I have is a "bypass spigot" that can intercept water headed to the filter and send it to the ordinary garden hose I run to the street. I thought that would effectively act as a waste line, but it did not. Half of the muddy water went to the hose and the other half went to the filter. Now the filters are brown, even after spraying with cleaner and hosing at high pressure. There IS some mud in the bottom of the filter basin itself that I can remove. That's probably my next step, just needed a break before I went crazy.
There are two issues I need some help with:
1. The mud- what would you do? Call a pool service to come vacuum it out with a trash pump, or install a 3 way valve that would allow me to shut off flow to the filter and send it 100% through the garden hose to the street?
2. There is now something wrong with the filter/pump/circulation lines- There doesn't appear to be enough suction to really pull the copious amounts of pollen and "floaters" off the top of the water. The pump runs fine, primes quickly and doesn't have any strange noises. Water is flowing through the strainer basket, I blasted the skimmer line with a drain clearing bladder and removed some mud and debris, so it should be clear. For about 3 hours last night the returns were sending a strong current of water across the pool , so no clogs there. Could the issue just be very dirty filters?
My pump is a Hayward, and the filter is a pentair cartridge type.