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    Little bits floating in the pool

    Last season, we were new to our pool. We finally got all of the older equip. running and water sparkly clean...or so we thought. We noticed when swimming with goggles that were all kinds of little things floating in the water. While standing in the water, the pool looked super clear and so clean! But in the water with goggles it was a different story. As we're getting things back up and running, we're wondering if we should fix/replace our filter? Get a pool cleaner? Any suggestions where we could start looking to get rid of the floaties? Or, is that normal?

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    loc: WI ~24k gal vinyl w/fiberglass steps, 18ft x 38ft, 3.5ft shallow(90deg floor to walls)-8ft deep end(floor to 45deg wall to vert wall), 300lb sand filter, chlorine (liquid shock and trichlor). Skim in middle, single main, two returns facing away from skimmer and towards the surface a bit. Sarah and Mike. We are new pool owners - it came with the house!

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    Re: Little bits floating in the pool

    Some really tiny debris that can only be seen when backlit is very common. Usually you only see them with a pool light at night, but goggles and the correct lighting can reveal them as well.
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    Re: Little bits floating in the pool

    Okay. That's good to know. How would we know when it's time to replace sand in the filter? We've never even opened it up - no idea of the condition or how long it's been in there.
    loc: WI ~24k gal vinyl w/fiberglass steps, 18ft x 38ft, 3.5ft shallow(90deg floor to walls)-8ft deep end(floor to 45deg wall to vert wall), 300lb sand filter, chlorine (liquid shock and trichlor). Skim in middle, single main, two returns facing away from skimmer and towards the surface a bit. Sarah and Mike. We are new pool owners - it came with the house!

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    Re: Little bits floating in the pool

    Sand almost never needs to be replaced, pretty much only if it has become badly scaled. It is a good idea to open up the filter once every couple of years and clean and resettle the sand bed, see this post for a description of that process.
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    Re: Little bits floating in the pool

    Great, thank you!!
    loc: WI ~24k gal vinyl w/fiberglass steps, 18ft x 38ft, 3.5ft shallow(90deg floor to walls)-8ft deep end(floor to 45deg wall to vert wall), 300lb sand filter, chlorine (liquid shock and trichlor). Skim in middle, single main, two returns facing away from skimmer and towards the surface a bit. Sarah and Mike. We are new pool owners - it came with the house!

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