My first question for the forum. Is it OK to run a filter without a cartridge in place to promote circulation in the early stages of a pool recovery?
I've got a Clean and Clear 150, and lots of gunk in the bottom of a pool that I "inherited" when I bought this house. Because I've got things stirred up from netting, the filter cartridge gets filthy fast, and the pressure heads north.
I've been dumping in chlorine to keep the algae killed off while I clean, and I'm ready to use some pool floc to get better visibility of the water. So far, I've been running the pump for a while to circulate the chlorine, but I'm constantly having to stop and clean the cartridge, as often as every 20 minutes.
At the stage I'm in, I'd rather get a lot of the crud out of the pool manually, rather than through the cartridge. Is it OK to run the pump and filter without a cartridge in in, just to circulate the water to spread the floc around, as long as I have the skimmer basket in place to catch big stuff?
Oh, and I can't do a pumpout and scrub because the water table here is very,very high.
P.S. Also, can somebody tell me how to determine my flow rate based on the info in my sig?