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Thread: Intex vacuum + sand filter = black cloud?

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    Intex vacuum + sand filter = black cloud?

    OK, dumb question...after using the Intex vacuum with hose attached to the sand filter, the pool is very clean. Then when I turn the filter back on a big cloud of dark dust/dirt/whatever is pushed back into the pool.

    I know I'm missing something here...do I need to backwash the filter?

    oh, so much to learn about pools, thanks for being patient with me
    First time pool owner!
    Intex Ultra Frame 18x9x52 rectangular pool
    4545 gallons
    Intex 2100 GPH Sand Filter/Pump
    Intex SWG

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    Re: Intex vacuum + sand filter = black cloud?

    In your case I'd backwash right after vacuuming. Then don't forget to rinse well after the backwash and see if that doesn't help your situation.
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    Re: Intex vacuum + sand filter = black cloud?

    Thanks Dave! I'll try it this afternoon
    First time pool owner!
    Intex Ultra Frame 18x9x52 rectangular pool
    4545 gallons
    Intex 2100 GPH Sand Filter/Pump
    Intex SWG

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    Re: Intex vacuum + sand filter = black cloud?

    Well, that didn't work unfortunately. Huge black cloud of dirt? sand? something gross right back into the water after vacuuming, backwash, rinse. On hold with Intex.

    Ok so Intex suggested instead of backwash/rinse, hooking up a tube to waste pump on the back of the sand filter after vacuuming to get rid of the sediment.

    Has anyone done this??
    First time pool owner!
    Intex Ultra Frame 18x9x52 rectangular pool
    4545 gallons
    Intex 2100 GPH Sand Filter/Pump
    Intex SWG

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    Re: Intex vacuum + sand filter = black cloud?

    I'm confused, I thought that is how you backwash the filter, you hook a hose up to the waste outlet and turn the filter to backwash and turn it on? Am I wrong? I worry because when i BACKWASH like this the watger just gushes from my pool and also to rinse. Am I doing something wrong? should I have a valve closed or something off?
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