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    No pool circulation for 80 hrs

    Hello All,

    Today during my DE filter cleaning I noticed that 4 of my DE grids has multiple tears and others also in very bad shape, I ordered replacement from amazon and i should get that my late monday 05/19/2014 and I won't be starting my pool pump until 05/20/2014, what are my options here? I don't want to get any algae infestation again last November I went through a painful & lengthy slam process to get my pool water right, since then I am following TFP method , water is crystal clear.

    My Current reading

    FC - 6 ( Every 24 hours add 40 Oz of 8.25% bleach to maintain at 6)
    CC - 0.5
    CYA - 40
    CH - 280
    ALK - 65
    PH - 7.8

    Also my Hayward backwash value is very hard to pull(push pull model -- push&pull) , my spouse has been complaining about it for a while, will I be able to replace to this?

    Thanks everyone
    13K gal, IG, Gunite pool with raised spa water spill over to pool, built on 2005
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    Re: No pool circulation for 80 hrs

    Keep adding the bleach and use the pool brush to mix it.

    They show that multiport valve being compatible with your filter. The plumbing may not line up exactly, though. It never does.
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    Re: No pool circulation for 80 hrs

    I went 2 weeks without a pump in the AZ summer ... dirty pool, but no algae. You just have to keep adequate FC in it and brush to mix. I might suggest raising the FC a little higher than normal since the mixing will not be as good with the brushing.
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    Re: No pool circulation for 80 hrs

    ^^

    Thanks Richard, I will continue to brush it up.
    13K gal, IG, Gunite pool with raised spa water spill over to pool, built on 2005
    1.5 HP Hayward MaxFlo VS - June 2014
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    Re: No pool circulation for 80 hrs

    I once went ten days without a working filter. I dropped my Rule cover pump with a 50' hose by the main drain and left the hose outlet pumping in to the shallow end. Every day or two I moved the hose somewhere else. I ran it 24/7 and no problems. I hate brushing. A submersible sump pump would also work.
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    Re: No pool circulation for 80 hrs

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    I went 2 weeks without a pump in the AZ summer ... dirty pool, but no algae. You just have to keep adequate FC in it and brush to mix. I might suggest raising the FC a little higher than normal since the mixing will not be as good with the brushing.
    Thanks Jason, your other post on how to clean a DE filter with lot of great photos is my inspiration for doing this project by myself.
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    Added Borates on Jun 2014

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    Re: No pool circulation for 80 hrs

    Keep the FC level up and remember circulation beats no circulation, this is what I rigged up when I had suction line / pump problems a couple of years ago using a small diesel 4HP water pump .

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    Re: No pool circulation for 80 hrs

    I have been suspecting water loss for a while, after making few repairs by myself, I did a test and I lost 5/8 th of an inch in 60 hours (I run pump 10 hours daily). The weather here in Dallas Tx is around high 80's for past three days. I assume I am in the allowed range? Trying to avoid professional leak detection as they charge $450.
    13K gal, IG, Gunite pool with raised spa water spill over to pool, built on 2005
    1.5 HP Hayward MaxFlo VS - June 2014
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    Added Borates on Jun 2014

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    Re: No pool circulation for 80 hrs

    Quote Originally Posted by missourian View Post
    I have been suspecting water loss for a while, after making few repairs by myself, I did a test and I lost 5/8 th of an inch in 60 hours (I run pump 10 hours daily). The weather here in Dallas Tx is around high 80's for past three days. I assume I am in the allowed range? Trying to avoid professional leak detection as they charge $450.
    If it was windy, that's not unreasonable. The best way to check is to do a bucket test. Fill a plastic bucket with pool water and set it on the steps. Mark the level inside and outside. The water level should drop the same amount over a period of time.
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    Re: No pool circulation for 80 hrs

    Thanks Richard, I will be doing the bucket test this long weekend
    13K gal, IG, Gunite pool with raised spa water spill over to pool, built on 2005
    1.5 HP Hayward MaxFlo VS - June 2014
    DE Filter Model # DE6020
    Added Borates on Jun 2014

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