Our sand filter wasn't cleaning the pool as well as it used to and would spit a puff of dirty water into the pool anytime we stopped and started the pump, so we cleaned the sand today and inspected the laterals while we were at it.
The sand was dirty with some pockets of debris and yuck, but everything looked ok.
After putting everything back together and running a long rinse cycle, the filter purged a bunch of sand into the pool. I attempted to use our manual vacuum and it would pick up some sand, but very little.
We seem to be getting sand back into the pool through the return when I'm trying to vacuum the sand, and when I'm not. We have a swimpro filter with laterals that tilt and I'm guessing that one of them didn't get seated correctly and is letting sand by, that or we cracked a lateral
Either way, I've got to get the sand off the bottom of the pool somehow and my vacuum isn't working well. Is it safe to take the vacuum off and just go down directly with the hose to get the sand? Any better ideas?