After many, many, summers of faithful service, our Jacuzzi Dial Valve Sand Filter has packed it in with a large crack on the bottom of the fibreglass tank. (Pressure of the first vacuuming was just too much for the Old Girl.. ) We live in a small-ish community, there are roughly 3 serious pool stores who could order my equipment, but I've largely found them to be less helpful and more expensive than Farm Husband and Myself. We can do plumbing, electrical, and concrete work on our ownsome most of the time. I've attached photos of the filter and pump.
Our in-ground, gunnite, 20 x 40 has been largely Trouble Free for lo, these many years, but I have to confess I have not given any serious research to what the best equipment would be for our situation. Wondering if you folks can tell me how big of a filter I should be replacing with, and where the best on-line, reliable source of equipment might be. We can ship to a US address, pay the taxes at the border, and likely still save money.
We live in southern British Columbia and run the pool May-October only.
We pump the pool completely dry each spring, patch any plaster, and refill with fresh water.
System runs 24/7 during the summer months.
Pump and equipment are below grade, in our basement where they are not exposed to the elements (explains longevity of our set-up!)
Natural carbonates in the water are high and we have little to no pH issues. Keeping TA within normal parameters with baking soda=no issues.
Tannins and lake silt in our initial start-up are significant. It takes a week for the silt to settle to the bottom, we vacuum, then all is good.
My pool weirs (2) have warped over time--doors would close tight-- and I have removed/blocked the floating doors to allow unrestricted flow to the filter.
I love the sand filter in our situation due to it's ease of use and it's 90% clarity. However, I wouldn't complain if we could improve filtration a wee bit and get that 10% more clarity that would make it....perfect. Willing to consider different media in the filter, or a post-sand-filter cartridge filter---if there is such a thing??? as we figure out how to make a good fix.
Thanks in advance for your help over the years and your expertise.