I'm looking at solutions to my "cloudy" water problem and came across this product and decided to search reviews. No one has commented on This thread since 2007 and need 2011 reviews!
I bought my first home with my first pool back in April and have had a long uphill battle in trying to get my pool running properly and now clear. The pool 15 x 35 'Mt. Lake' shape, 3 -6 feet, 400 sq. ft area with 2 skimmers, was installed in 1987 running a 1.5 hp pump (there are actually 2 pumps with this setup and I'm not sure what the second one does), an Anthony Apollo DE filter, a 330 BTU heater, and an attached 30 sq. ft. spa with blower (thanks to original schematics).
My first thought was call a pool company and have them look over the equipment and get a hands on walk-thru of what I have acquired. My Dad's confidence in "he knew what he was doing," won out and we've learned the hard and expensive way that he didn't know what he was doing!
Problems with the outdated filter and parts, lack of knowledge of DE filters and media (play sand was added to the DE filter), push pull valves, and expensive replacement parts and non working heater-basically a rust box-the two units were removed. The filter was replaced with a Hayward 244S with multiport valve and plumbing re-worked to bypass the old route through the heater.
The filter works great but because of original addition of play sand, the pool water is definitely cloudy-especially noticeable when the pool light is on at night-I need to remove the fine sand particles/dust and vacuuming alone is just returning the same debris back into the pool.
I received my TFT test kit last Saturday and I've got all my levels in normal range!
I've read that I should just be vacuuming to waste and continue to add water but that is a lot of water and chemicals already invested into the pool that are being 'wasted' as well.
Any input on this product or any other recommendations to remove the sand is greatly appreciated.