I just bought a house with a pool and I am trying to take care of it properly (tons of great info on here thanks!!) After doing my first backwash I found that when the pump was turned back on lots of D.E. was shooting out through the return valves so after some research I decided to open up the filter and WOW I can see why there was a problem. I have tried to clean it off the best I can, but I cannot get the darn grids to come out. Anyone have a guess at how long it has been since the grids were last cleaned (I don't know how fast D.E. accumulates) and I would also love some advice on getting it out. Not sure if it is just stuck or just too heavy to get out still. Does the mesh bubble on the top need replaced since it is so smashed or is it okay? and ONE last question! How do I get the water out of the base? I have literally only owned a pool for a week so be nice :P
Thanks in advance!
Sorry that some of the pictures are sideways, but you get the idea!
Also I took the manifold? off and the part attached to the PVC pipe is so stuck on that it pulled the whole pipe out and I still could not get it to separate...any advice on that?