So.. 15,000ish gallon Above ground, I have a 1hp pump and a 16" Hayward sand filter. The filter has been fine for the 2 previous years, but this year I ran into quite an issue with particles that it could not filter. Sadly it came to I had to floc the pool.. and am still dealing with getting the gunk off the bottom out to waste. So my question comes to this.
I have to spend some money coming up soon. There's a possibility that my multiport valve is having an issue (possibly causing the filter to not work as well?) - it leaks water to waste when put on recirculate. Is that enough of a problem to cause a filtration issue? I don't know - maybe - can't tell. So there's $75 bucks I could spend as just a shot in the dark.
If I continue to waste this flocc-ed stuff, I'm going to end up needing a $265 truck of water (well can't possibly keep up)
Seems a sand filter isn't really the way to go, and the one I bought at 16" is too small anyway. Do I spend my money on a cartridge filter, keep my water, and hope it's small enough to filter out the flocc-ed gunk, and be a better overall solution?
Or do I get a smaller cartridge filter and run it in series with the sand filter as a multi-stage setup to catch what the sand can't? That's about a $75 option.
As you can see, I'm not made of money here, ha.. but I'm feeling like an *** because my kids can't swim yet this year.
So.. where do you think my money is best spent?