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    Vacuuming and dirty water coming through return jets

    I have a question. Opened up my pool on Sunday and vacuumed to wasted pretty green pool. Started the slam process and thought I would try to vacuum the pool on recirculate although still can see bottom in deep end. I noticed dirty water coming through return jets when I vacuumed in the deep end. Lots of leaves worms ect sucked up in vacuum head. Should I still vacuum to waste? Why is the dirt coming through the return ? Sand is only one year old. Thanks
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    Re: Vacuuming and dirty water coming through return jets

    Recirculate bypasses the filter entirely. Dip out everything you can, then either vac to waste or normal filtering setting.
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    Re: Vacuuming and dirty water coming through return jets

    But if you vacuum to recirculate isn't that going to through all the dead algae into pool?

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    I was vacuuming on filtered setting then when I hit a big glob of leaves ect that's when I noticed the return water was bad
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    Re: Vacuuming and dirty water coming through return jets

    Not sure I get a you are saying, but like Woodyp said, if you vacuum while recirculating, you are just putting all the gunk back in your pool.

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    Re: Vacuuming and dirty water coming through return jets

    If you are on "filter" setting and getting dirty water through the return jets, you're filter may be clogged. Have you cleaned/backwashed it?
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    Re: Vacuuming and dirty water coming through return jets

    Yes I back washed it and it was fine but then after awhile it began the dirty water thing again when I got to into the thick leaves ect. I think I need to vacuum on waste for awhile
    12k gallon inground pool with vinyl liner. Sandfilter, hayward 1.5 hp pool pump. Pool is approx 15 yrs.old. Liner is four years old. TF100 testing kit.

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    Re: Vacuuming and dirty water coming through return jets

    possibly check your spider gasket when you get a moment, someone else just had similar issue and the gasket was bad.
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    Re: Vacuuming and dirty water coming through return jets

    can sand filters "channel" and allow dirty water to get through?
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    Re: Vacuuming and dirty water coming through return jets

    They absolutely can.....but I don't think to the degree the OP stated.
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