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    Sand out when backwash

    Hi, i just bought a intex sandfilter and filled it with sand as instructions say. When i preformed the first backwash a lot of the sand came out the waste line. Is this normal?
    What can cause the sand exit the filter?

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    Re: Sand out when backwash

    Hi, welcome to TFP! Some sand may come out the first time it is backwashed and rinsed. If you got sand in the stand pipe while filling the filter it could blow out the waste line during a backwash. Other possible causes are loose or damaged laterals, or a loose or damaged stand pipe.
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    Re: Sand out when backwash

    Also, an oversized pump can cause sand loss during backwash. I would recommend not exceeding 20 gpm per square ft of sand surface area.

    What pump do you have (make, model and hp)?
    How many sq ft is the filter?

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    Re: Sand out when backwash

    Hi thanks for the answers. I have an intex sandfilter. Intex Krystal Clear 1,200 GPH Sand Filter Pump - 17233338 - Overstock.com Shopping - The Best Prices on Intex Pumps, Filters Accessories

    But the 0,4-0,8 mm sand seems to go right through it when backwashing and it never stops I gues the filter will be empty after the summer. The first backwash pumped out 1/8 of all sand.

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    Re: Sand out when backwash

    What sand did you use? Brand and description.
    26' X 52" Intex Ultra Frame. Intex Sand Filter
    26' X 52 Intex Ultra Frame Install
    You can lead a horse to (clear) water, but you can't force him to swim in it!

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    Re: Sand out when backwash

    The sand is Swim and fun, 0,4-0,8mm

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