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Thread: Use "Recirculate" to clean out the intake plumbing!

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    May 2009
    The Triangle, NC

    Use "Recirculate" to clean out the intake plumbing!

    Hello all,

    DH discovered something on his own recently; I wanted to share it:

    We have many trees in our yard and neighborhood. We keep our pool running year round, but we do cover it for fall and winter. Before we covered the pool this month, we started with an immaculate pool, skimmers, and pump basket; the filter was backwashed. On a lark, DH decided to use Recirculate and one at a time, have only the main drains taking in water, then only the vacuum port line, then only the skimmers.

    Evidently, this greatly increased the rushing of water through these individual lines, and old-looking debris and little leaves that must have been just sitting or lodged in the plumbing lines came rushing into the pump strainer basket. So we got a deep cleaning of sorts.

    Who knew? I did do a search before posting this; sorry if it has been talked about already.

    23,600 gallon, refurbished 1960's inground concrete, Jandy sand filter w Jandy 2 hp variable speed pump, Pool Pilot Digital SWCG+Chemtrol 2100+CO2 tank; PebbleTec White Pearl with 10% Cobalt Blue Dark Beadcrete by Olympic Pool Plastering, Georgia. Taylor K-2006 Test Kit; Aqua Check Salt test; LaMotte borates test, and Jack's Magic Sequest test kit; SparklyPoolitis level: extremely high.

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    Coastalish 'down easter'

    Re: Use "Recirculate" to clean out the intake plumbing!

    Thanks for the 'field report'

    I would imagine that doing similarly (isolating the flow to 1 line at a time) with a freshly backwashed filter would do the same thing. However, doing it as you did eliminates any pressure loss from the filter and is a wonderful idea for the folks here to use
    Luv& Luk

    Having done construction and service for 4 pool companies in 4 states starting in 1988, what I know about pools could fill a couple of books - what I don't know could fill a couple of libraries :-D

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