Good evening experts.
If anyone has been watching my saga in the Indoor Pool area you will see that I have a small indoor pool. 20x12x4 (approx 7000 gal).
I have finished painting the pool and am in the process of filling it. I have an old Baker Hydro Hydro-Mite cartridge filter that has been giving me fits. It is a model HM-50. First one of the 1/2 rings broke. There were a few left with the house so I was able to get another one on. The problem is the darn thing leaks no matter how much I messed with it. Instead of just buying a new o ring (I assume my problem is that it is old and has been dry for a couple weeks now while I have been working on getting everything painted). I was checking to see if it would leak without thinking and didn't put the rings on and the top flew off as the pressure built up and broke the top and the pressure valve.
Now other than being too stupid to own a pool...I need some advice.
I was contemplating replacing the cartridge filter with a sand filter next year anyway. Now the replacement parts for the old filter I have are in excess of $150. Should I just go ahead and do the sand filter now or replace the parts and stick with the cartridge filter?
My pump and filter are in my basement. My thought is that a sand filter would be more self contained and not be as prone to leaking. Not sure if that is accurate or not. I would like to build the filter off of the ground a little so I could make a drain that would go to my sump pump in the basement just in case. Right now there is no where for the water to go without manually pushing it to the pump (ask me how I know).
I know this is long winded but one more question...I have been looking at sand filters from a few different sources. There are above ground and inground models. Now obviously I have an inground pool but it is so small that I am wondering if an above ground model would suffice. I have been looking at the Hayward S180T as well as the 16". There are a couple filters with pumps ( my 3/4 HP pump is working just fine) that are all listed as above ground. I hate to get the wrong thing but I hate to overpay for more than is necessary for a 7000 gallon pool.
I would really appreciate your advice!