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    Small debris getting back into the pool!

    I have a small 16x48 ultra frame pool. When I am vacuuming, small debris shoots right back into the pool through the return hose on the side of the pool. I have made sure the filter cartridge is clean and even put in a new one. I ended up attaching the cloth bag they provide for the top of the vacuum to use if you are cleaning using the water hose attached. I put the cloth baggie over the return spout and it catches the debris. I have to stop half way through to clean the bag because it gets lined with teeny tiny debris and it doesn't allow water to flow. I thought to perhaps use a knee high stocking in hopes that it's more porous than the cloth, but I haven't tried it yet. This isn't the end of the world and the baggie works well, it just seems like I am working harder than I should have to! lol I have looked for similar issues but there aren't any that pertain to my situation....a lot of people talk about 'filter gauges' but my cheap little pool doesn't have that.....Any thoughts?

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    Re: Small debris getting back into the pool!

    Debris getting through the filter means something is broken. The most likely possibility is that there is a tear in the filter cartridge. It is also possible that something inside the filter is broken or there could be something wrong with the main valve that is allowing water to bypass the filter.
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    Re: Small debris getting back into the pool!

    A stocking definitely helps, much like putting one on the discharge of a washing machine.

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    Re: Small debris getting back into the pool!

    Mine does the same, even with a brand new filter. I haven't tried to remedy the problem, it doesn't bother me that much. But I like the idea of putting the bag over the return, I'm gonna try that next time I vac.
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    Re: Small debris getting back into the pool!

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion View Post
    Debris getting through the filter means something is broken. The most likely possibility is that there is a tear in the filter cartridge. It is also possible that something inside the filter is broken or there could be something wrong with the main valve that is allowing water to bypass the filter.
    This is only my second year owning a pool, so bare with me....the filter having a tear, that's the filter cannister that I put in the skimmer, correct? I put a new one in last night and it still leaked the debris. When you say something being wrong with the main valve...what do you mean? My pool is pretty simple. It has the cannister filter that lightly snaps onto the bottom of the skimmer can and then under that is the pump....am I missing something in between?

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    Re: Small debris getting back into the pool!

    My opinion is it is a design flaw in the intex cartridge filter/pump combo systems. I don't think there is anything you can do to the filter to make it work better, other than replace it with a better quality pump and filter.
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    Re: Small debris getting back into the pool!

    Vacuuming isn't the only time you are having an issue. If clearly visible debris is getting through, then so is everything else. So your filtration is meaningless, IMO.
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    Re: Small debris getting back into the pool!

    Well pooey. I didn't even think about that. Looks like I will have to try and find something else to use. Thank you for all of your help!

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    Re: Small debris getting back into the pool!

    If it makes you feel any better, I'm super happy with my Intex sand filter for the price. If you get just the filter (not the combo unit I have) it's pretty cheap. I have found 1600 gph to be plenty for my 14' x 48". I like the combo filter/SWG but plenty of folks will disagree and argue that separates are better. <shrugs>

    Next time I might upgrade, but I won't until this one dies.
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    Re: Small debris getting back into the pool!

    I am online looking for one as we speak

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