long time lurker back in my aboveground days. I'm not a novice, but just bought a home with an inground pool. It was built in 94, the liner is just 2 years old but the pump, filter and heater show their age. It is 24,000 gallons.
I was able to meet the previous owner prior to closing and he walked me through his routine which was pretty basic. Runs the pump 24/7, there is a timer I will look into and fills the brominator every 2 weeks or so. test the water occasionally and has it professionally opened and closed. The pool water is clear.
My issue is with vacuuming. the previous owner said he always vacuumed on waste. Seems wasteful to me, so my first time I vacuumed on filter. It's a generic pole and head and I have a kreepy krawly already on order, but it took more time then I would have liked to vac. So next time I vac on waste. After vac on waste I get this big push of bubbles out the return jets and a bunch of fine sand and silt dumps out. So the next time I do the same but rinse for about 45 seconds and the site-glass is clear. (really wasting a lot of water here). It still dumps small sand/silt. The next morning after the pump running all night the debris has accumulated in the normal spots again and almost looks as if I hadn't vacuumed. There's no algae or slim, just fine sand/silt.
I did do a brief backwash last week but because of a low water level may not have gone long enough? pressure is good at the returns.
My initial search shows maybe multiport or maybe verticals? The multiport is much harder to mover then my intex pump on my old pool and I'm wonder if it's the culprit. Does it make sense to empty the filter and check the verticals and try new sand before replacing the port? Seems the port is more expensive but easier to replace.
thanks in advance.
Pump: dyna-tech 1hp
filter: Hayward S210T w/ variflow xl
brominator: perform-max pool sanitizer
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