Our pool project is moving a bit slowly due to the sloped area where it had to be located. They built up an elevated section where the spa is located and they are now building a retaining wall up-slope from the spa. So, the pool has been in the ground and operational for a few weeks. The heavy rains last Monday and Tuesday created a lot of mud puddles around the pool which splattered into the pool. So, Wednesday morning we had a "chocolate" pool.
The pool had already been vacuumed a couple of times ovewr the past couple of weeks to clean out dirt, mortar, etc. I vacuumed the pool once to get a lot of dirt that had settled on the bottom. This afternoon I tried vacuuming again, but I was not getting good suction. With the multiple vacuumings of the pool, I figured that maybe the cartridges were getting dirty. I had not seen any increase in pressure, though.
What a sight when I opened up the filter. All 4 cartridges were absolutely caked with crud. I'm surprised any water was making it back to the returns. So, I cleaned all 4 cartridges (used the Aqua-Comb that I had bought.....works real well ).
I got the cartridges back in the filter, cleaned all the gaskets, and fired the pump back up. It was starting to get dark, so I'm hoping tomorrow morning the pool will start looking like a pool instead of a swamp.
I did check the pH and Chlorine today. I was very happy that the pH was 7.5, the FC was 7 (I had boosted the SWCG since I was concerned about all that crud in the pool), and the CC was zero. Not bad for a horrible looking pool.
The retaining wall will be done on Monday, and they should be pouring the decking on Thursday or Friday. That should keep the pool mud-free.