My filter is blowing sand through the "eyeballs". Not a great amount but a noticeable pattern of sand appears on the pool bottom (shallow end) after a few hours. Last season I installed a solar cover and after that I noticed the sand dispersion pattern under the eyeball area. I wonder if its been doing that all along but just unnoticed until the solar cover altered the currents in the pool. I've found sand in my pool buster vacuum all along but assumed it was just there from foot traffic. Anyway, I put off the problem til now.
The filter is a Ranger RS-2415 and is about 12 years old. The sand was replaced about 5 years ago. I drain it every year for winterization. It's done an acceptable job over its life but now I wonder if some other type of filter might be better. DE or cartridge maybe. I assume a sand filter is the most economical.
I have a very old pool - 20' x 40' inground. I think its called a hybrid - has a concrete bowl in the deep end (and floor of shallow end) with fiberglass sides. And every year it's "something" - just last year I overhauled the pool heater. One year a groundhog chewed a hole in a skimmer return line, but I digress.........
My plan is to dump the filter sand and inspect for cracks or breaks, then decide what to do. I could use advice from others with this problem and would appreciate any advice and comments from people experienced in other types of filters.
TFP is a great site BTW!