I decided to start a new thread to keep my algae and filter problems separate--if you want to combine this with my other thread--I understand!
My fiance and I noticed something today that is definitely abnormal. We turned the pump off to clean out the pump basket--turned the pump back on--and air blew out both of the returns WITH SAND! Or at least I THINK it was sand. It looked like a huge dust cloud. Since we had algae--I guess it COULD be dead algae blowing back into the pool? I am going to try to tie a nylon knee high to the return and see what we catch--to try to confirm it is sand.
Whatever it is, it made my crystal clean pool look cloudy again. I know that the sand(?) will eventually settle and that we can vacuum it up, but I just wonder if this information (sand coming out of returns, though not constantly),combined with the constant water puddle under the sand filter, indicates that I have a leak or broken lateral?
Oh, I checked for condensation--there is absolutely NO water on the outside of my sand filter, but there is a constant puddle underneath it--so I'm assuming we have a leak.
I need everyone's help...Should I:
1. Call the same company back (that told me the puddle was due to condensation)? AHS (my home warranty) had set this up--and I had to pay them 60 dollars--so I really want their lazy *** to come back out and fix what needs to be fixed!
Or 2. Would you recommend I call my AHS (home warranty) back and have them send someone else out? I might have to pay someone else another 60 dollars--but maybe they will do a better job?
OR 3. I am absolutely addicted to this forum and read some great information from the user "waste"--he is helping someone else with the exact same problem as mine. So, should I try to fix this myself? My fiance is pretty good at fixing things--but honestly, we are nervous about making something worse. Based on everything I've read..I think that our problem is either 1. spider gasket 2. sand 3. laterals
I wish I could trust a pool tech to fix it, but I live in a smaller city--and I really don't know who to trust.
Thanks for any advice you all can give me.
At least the algae problem seems to be under control now. The pool looks amazing!