I decided to backwash the filter. Even though the psi was only up 2, I hadn't backwashed all summer and I thought it was time. After the backwash and rinse, I added between 1/2 and 1 cup of DE. I watched it come billowing out the return . So now the pool is cloudy. Overnight most of it settled on the bottom, so I got in there today and vacuumed. That was a bugger to do too as it didn't want to leave the bottom of the pool with just the mere sweep of the vacuum as we have a sort of dimpled vinyl bottom so I had to do a sort of "push broom" sweep back and forth to get it up. All that seemed to do was stir it up, as it is cloudy again and doesn't appear to be getting stuck in the filter as planned. It is a 21" sand filter with a 1.5 hp pump. This is just our 2nd season with it. When I hooked everything up in the spring, the sand in the filter looked beautiful, clean and without any veining or crust. We don't get a lot of junk in the pool, just the occasional bug.
Since it's not clearing, I'm not sure how to clear up the water. It settles over night, I vacuum it into a cloud and we repeat this process daily. Is there a filter pack or something I can put somewhere to catch it? Do I need to stop everything and look into the filter? Ugg.