Greetings pool mavens.
After years of dodging the bullet, my wife finally talked me into buying a house with a pool. It was a short sale, and the pool was pretty green.
Two weeks in, I've got the pH where it needs to be (7.4), and I'm shocking the heck out of it. It's not green anymore, just brown from dirt. Lots and lots of dirt.
When it settles, there is a coating of sand and dirt covering almost the entire bottom of the pool. I try to vacuum it up, but I don't get to far before the filter PSI shoots up. So I have to clean the filters , wait for it to settle back down, and go again.
I've seen articles that mention "vacuuming to waste", where instead of sending the vacuumed water and crud through the filter, it just gets runoff. That seems like what I need.
So, how exactly would I do this? The only obvious drain mechanism I can see is the plug on the bottom of the filter unit. Other than that, I don't see where I would bypass the filter. Or do I need to rent some sort of external unit?