My mother bought an 24'X52" Sand 'n Sun pool (manufactured by Intex) at Walmart about 5 years ago. About 3 years ago, I purchased an Intex 4000 gal pump for the pool, and 2 years ago I purchased an Intex saltwater system to convert the pool.
Lately, besides leaves, she is having problems with dust. The local farmers have clearcut all the trees from their land, so we pretty much have a dust storm any day the wind gusts above 10mph (which it, unusually, has been doing frequently here this year). I spent 6 1/2 hours cleaning out the pool for her last Saturday, and yesterday it filled up with dust again.
Now, to my question. The Intex cartridge pumps don't work very well for vacuuming dust and sand out of the bottom of a pool - I've literally had to hook up the old original pump and use it to vacuum while pumping the dirty water out of the pool, a time consuming and wasteful process.
I have no personal experience with sand filters. For those of you using the Intex sand filters, how well does vacuuming work with them? Would the sand filter be able to vacuum and filter the sand and dust from the pool in a more efficient manner? I don't mind putting in the time and investing the money if it will improve the situation; otherwise, if I can't find a solution, I'm about ready to pack it in, drain the pool, and give it away.