Okay, this site helped me tremendously last year and I want to thank you for that... And ask for more help! I bought my pool late in the season last year, we swam in it 10ish times and the TFP method had it sparkling and crystal clear! I never properly closed it down and I think I messed up big time! Obviously I had to SLAM it when opening up as it was a dark green swamp! Running the pump continuously, and keeping my FC up to shock levels the pool became a beautiful aqua color. But stayed cloudy and could not see the bottom. After slamming for about a week with no further progress, i hopped into the pool to hand vacuum the bottom and really kick this process into overdrive! I felt a little algae on the bottom, which i expected, but then a bunch of sand!! It seemed almost all of the sand from my pump was now in my pool?! (Which with research after that i now know are broken fingers inside the pump)
But wait, it gets worse.
I then began vacuuming the sand up (sand came out of pump, maybe i can vacuum it up and it will stay back in this time? What a dummy)... and now for the worst part of this story. MY MOTOR SEIZED UP!!! All of this hard work, just started getting over the misty blue plateau I had been stuck on, and the motor craps out on me. Was it because I tried vacuuming up the sand?
The story gets even crazier...
The day after the pump seized up, my fiance goes into labor and we spend 4 days in the hospital!! So I'm forced to let the pool sit uncirculated!
If you're still reading this, THANK YOU, and yes its true I couldnt make this stuff up!!
On the bright side, I called WATSONS and my motor is under warranty with 2 months left!! YAY!! So I am going tomorrow to get the new motor. AND, my pool is now clear enough to see to the bottom?! Slight green haze obviously but its almost better without the pump?! And now I can see all the sand on the pool bottom!
So onto my questions:
1) Once I get the new motor, how will I go about removing the sand in the pool? (I am assuming using the vaccuum is what seized the motor up? Too much sand in motor?)
2) What do I need to do to fix the latterals inside? (Will I need to drain water to below return since I have no shutoff on that side?)
3) What parts will I need to pickup when I go to swap the motor out?
Thanks to anyone who took the time to read about this disaster!! Any and all input is much needed!!