Edit: I have created an in depth guide to cleaning and patching my DE filter grid mesh here: http://alilknowhow.com/2011/07/31/ho...l-filter-grid/
The pool company came to open my pool the other day and I've been having problems. Just moved into this house, this pool company has been servicing this pool to open and close for the last 2 seasons. Last fall they setup new plumbing all around the filter (because it was all leaking) so I'd assume they would be pretty familiar with the setup. I am REALLY hoping this pool doesn't become a money pit. I sooo want to be able to enjoy it!
- Dirty water comes back through the jets when I vacuum. My pool had a ton of silt and dust at the bottom. Running the vacuum just shot it straight back through the jets so that my water went from clear to cant even see bottom in about 20 minutes of cleaning.[/*:m:duphoeec]
- Eventually started seeing tiny leaf particles come back through the jets (thats when I was like, ok thats definitely too big to make it through the DE filter properly). Had it set to Filter obviously. Leaf particles about 1/5 size of a dime. [/*:m:duphoeec]
First time I had the dirty water jets, I did the backwash -> rinse, backwash -> rinse, backwash -> rinse as it says to on the side of the filter. PSI dropped from 24 to 14 (After waiting 5 minutes for DE to coat the grid). I vacuumed again for about 10 minutes and the PSI shot up to 24 PSI again pretty fast and the dirty water persisted.
At this point I am starting to think that
- DE Filter clogged with sludge[/*:m:duphoeec]
- DE Filter improperly installed by pool company causing dirt to bypass somewhere.[/*:m:duphoeec]
Below are pictures. Can you please help me figure out what is going on? Also, at this stage, should my Grid just lift straight out of there? Or do I need to unscrew anything else?
This is what it looks like right after I perform the 3 cycle backwash -> rinse. All of the water that drained out of the bottom of the container before I opened it was crystal clear.