proavia, We have an appt for Tues to show us how to clean the DE filter. We were told it's confusing to put back together although it seems to me we could've taken pictures to remember the steps but it's ok, we'll have them show us the first time for a whopping $150. I"m really hoping that will take care of the pop-ups. dirt is more visible in the drain and it almost seems a waste to push it into the drain although the pressure is not up to the red on the filter (thx for the tip on backwashing at 20-25%, tho! Do you mean 20-25% way up between where the black arrow is and the red arrow?). we have backwashed 4-5 times since having the pool in the last 11 mths. do u clean when u backwash when at 20-25%?
I don't recall knowing that the pop ups pop up a bit when there's low flow. i'm going to have to check mine for sure.
as far as the pool being green, I am referring to algae on the wall, not the water being green. i have always tried to go light on chlorine. i wonder how much of my prob that is, but I am running it at 100% and after being on all night it reads only 2.0 chlorine. I have it on super chlorinator now and I've had to do that more than once already the beginning of this season and the water isn't even that warm yet. a pool guy told me to take the water to the pool store and check for phophate and if over 200 get phosphate remover, check stabilizer and if 50 and above it's ok. if under 50 add conditioner. from what i recall we have over 3000 salt. We have the kit that came with the pool, Poolmaster 5-way test kit bromine/chlorine combo. Tests for Chlorine, Bromine, pH, alkalinity, and acid demand. the pb said that kit is fine and don't overthink it. they said the pool store wants to make money and it's rare we'll need to buy anything there. Seeing how there is so much dirt in the pool, now and maybe nothing is going into the drain, you don't think that contributes much?
as far as cleaning the filter, it will be good to finally see what it can do at it's best without a bunch of dirt in the backyard... I'm so anxious to get this figured out. it's been torture to have called them a week ago and having to wait so long but this info in the meantime is priceless. thx so much! i'm saving this thread in a word document.
I also read I can take the cell to Leslies and have them check it.
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