I have a lot of DE coming into my pool and it is not clearing up since I opened it a couple of weeks ago. I am giving swimming lessons in my pool starting next week and I really need it up and running, so time is of the essence.
My top manifiold was cracked so I ordered a new one for $50, but a local professional came by, opened my filter and determined that a lot more parts needs replacing. The total in parts would be around $350.
The repairmain suggested that since there can be many things wrong and troubleshooting the current filter can take time, I should switch to a Hayward sand filter since in his opinion the fact that it doesn't filter as fine as DE is very minimal and in his words "you need a microscope to notice."
His price was $75 to vacuum all the DE that is settled in my pool and $750 for the sand filter installed.
I am torn what to do. On one hand, I should really order the DE filter parts and see if that works, but if it doesn't, my swimming lesson income is gone. On the other hand, if I go with the sand filter, I have heard horror stories of people switching from DE to Sand and only having problems, and also those that say DE is really superior.