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    vacuuming does and don't

    Hi,

    I didn't find a section about vacuuming does and don't in the pool school.

    I am wondering when you need to vacuum in draining mode versus filter mode. This is my first season with a pool and from now on I was vacuuming only in drain mode but I realised I'maybe loosing too much precious chemicals doing so. On the other hand I don't want to clog my sand filter... What are your advices regarding this matter?
    24.5k gallons, IG, vinyl, 24 inches sand filter hydropro 063030 sf, hayward pump 1,5 hp c48m2n111b4q

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    Re: vacuuming does and don't

    Normally vacuum in filter mode. If the is a lot of debris then vacuum to waste. Best to get up what you can with a leaf net first then vacuum. Vacuum is for fine stuff you can't get with a net.

    Leaf net first, then Vacuum.
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    Re: vacuuming does and don't

    When you vacuum to filter, you can always still backwash if need be. I only ever vacuum to waste if I have the extra water from rain I need to lower the level on.
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    Re: vacuuming does and don't

    I manage just fine without even having the option of vacuuming to waste. No multiport on my setup.

    If you're trying to suck up a compost pile in a green sludge pond, then vacuuming to waste makes sense. But for a well-maintained pool with regular cleaning, you'll mostly just need to empty the leaves and acorns and whatever out of the basket.
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    Re: vacuuming does and don't

    Ok great. Thank you!
    24.5k gallons, IG, vinyl, 24 inches sand filter hydropro 063030 sf, hayward pump 1,5 hp c48m2n111b4q

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