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    Sand filter tank rupture deadheaded pump or failure due to age.

    We learned today from our pool service that our Sand Filter has a leak and will need to be replaced. We have only been in the home for a few weeks and the crack did not come up in our inspection. Our pool service company owner is coming over on monday to determine how bad the crack is and provide an estimate. This is a chorine only pool (no SWG). What can I do in the meantime to verify the leak, determine potential cost to replace or should I switch filter types (DE or cartridge)?
    Last edited by newvances; 08-03-2016 at 06:33 AM. Reason: Heading to reflect more of topic

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    Re: New Owner of an old vinyl IG pool- Sand Filter leak.

    I love my sand filter. Where is it leaking?
    Circa 20,000 gal IGP, 12 years old, Hayward SP2607X10, 1 hp single speed pump, Hayward S244T Sand filter, vinyl liner, using Aquacheck test strips and Taylor K-2006 Test Kit, 1 skimmer, 1 bottom drain, 2 jets (near stairs and on the opposite deep end)

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    Re: New Owner of an old vinyl IG pool- Sand Filter leak.

    Just look on line to see how much they cost. My Hayward s 200 is about $475 plus add for install. I bet you will be around $700 if a pool guy does it.
    19,000 gal - Vinyl IG - Sand filter -1.5hp. - Taylor k 2006 - Loop Loc cover

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    Re: New Owner of an old vinyl IG pool- Sand Filter leak.

    When coupled with Grandma socks(skimmer socks), the sand filter is a fine choice and a fairly inexpensive one. You could install it yourself and save a lot of money.
    Inground 13,200 gal Vinyl, Pentair 3/4 hp pump, Pentair Sand Dollar filter, Polaris 280

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    Re: New Owner of an old vinyl IG pool- Sand Filter leak.

    The filter blew a whole in the side. Pool builder who came buy this morning that it had to be pressure. Also have a leak at the pump line going to the filter. Recommendation..replace sand filter with sand filter, also add check valve on the intake side of the pump from the pool so that I will not need to prime the pump. Pump and filter are at an incline from the pool. Looking at 1300 dollars installed. Also, suggested to add a timer and run pump 12hr a day during season. I have very little foliage around the pool.

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    Re: New Owner of an old vinyl IG pool- Sand Filter leak.

    with little foliage around pool, 12 hours a day pump run time likely way more than you need.

    Unless you have a chlorine generator you can probably get by with 3-4 hours a day.

    I run mine daily for only 2! (6 hours on weekends mainly for heating / during swimming)
    16x32 IG Vinyl, 13,000 Gals. Hayward S-244T sand filter, SP2810X15 pump
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    Re: New Owner of an old vinyl IG pool- Sand Filter leak.

    Thanks. I was thinking around 8 hours. BTW, it looks like the fiberglass sand filter blew a leak due to pressure. I'm thinking the system was dead headed by the pool service guys since no one else touched it. Pump and and motor are fine. No excessive heat..
    Now the sand had been replaced 2 years ago but the actual container is older fiberglass containter.

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    Sand filter tank rupture deadheaded pump or failure due to age ?.

    Update: pool filter tank was replaced. A check valve was added on the suction side of the pump to maintain prime.

    There seems to be some question if the fiberglass tank failed due to age or did someone deadheaded the pump which caused unusual pressure and caused a crack ABOVE the seam in the tank. Any way to tell if it was caused by pressure vs age?
    Tank is maybe 10 years old and sand was replaced 2 years ago. Additionally there was a leak at the pump's output connection to the filter.

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