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Thread: Can you back wash too often?

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    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Loogootee, IN

    Can you back wash too often?

    Hi Folks,

    The last few weeks I have had quite a bit of rain fall in my area. although my pool is clean and no pressure build up, Is it ok to back wash and lose some of the "free" water?

    Or would it not be advised, instead, just let the kids splash the water out while swimming/playing.

    There seems to be a certain level where the water doesn't get any lower. If rain or fresh water fill up, the kids manage to splash it out to that "level" within 3-4 swims....

    So far in the last 2 months, I have backwashed 5 times. the first time back washing the water was med. brown and I had too much sand in it. the other 4 times the water was light brown and within 10-15sec. it was crystal clear. Same results with the sight glass. last 3 times have been over the course of 4 weeks due to extra water due to rain....
    18ft x 48in Round Intex Ultra frame. 6,700 gallons.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007

    Re: Can you back wash too often?

    Your filter is more effective if it's a little dirty. For best results you shouldn't backwash unless your pressure indicates you need to do so.

    I cannot tell you about overfilling an AG pool, as I have no experience with them.

    14,000 gallon, in ground, plaster, free form, play pool.
    Sta-Rite Max-E-Glass with a 1.5 hp Emerson motor
    WaterCo Micron High Rate sand filter S750 490 lb, 4883 sq ft - using ZeoBest
    In floor Polaris cleaning system
    Blue Diamond robot for those after storm days when I can't wait overnight for the in floor to clean it.

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    Jul 2007
    Eastern Pennsylvania

    Re: Can you back wash too often?

    You could always pump to waste instead of back-washing.

    The excess water will drain out on its own at the skimmer but it could make a bit of a mess depending on what's below the skimmer on the outside of the pool.
    — AnnaK —

    12,000 gal AGP, Hayward sand filter, Pentair 2-speed pump, timer.
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