Ok, I've been battling my pool all summer and decided to start over: Problems I was having. I just ordered and received a new Hayward S180T sand filter to replace my DE filter. I have been battling my pool since opening it a month ago and still have not been able to use it yet.
Issues I was having;
Not holding pressure- unless I went out every hour or so to bump the filter it would not circulate the pool. The motor would be running but no water would be coming out the return. This also hindered me from vacuuming as every few minutes the hose would lose suction and break loose from the skimmer
Air bubble in the motor basket- I think this is resolved with the new O-ring and maintaining a higher water level (about 3/4 up the skimmer)
Anyways: after talking with my father/brother-in law they recommended the switch to a sand filter so I could cut down on maintenance and ensure my pump runs for a full cycle:
I'm currently draining the pool so that it's ready for install but I'm debating draining the whole thing and starting over. The water is dark green and murky. Is this advised or will a new pump and chemicals clear things up?
I do not have a test kit yet. Still only have the strips and was bringing my water in to the store for testing: This resulting in me pumping $150 worth of chemicals in a few weeks back: Calcium Hardness, pH Rise, Stabilizer, and a huge bucket of Alkalinity Plus. I was adding two bags or so of shock a week also to try and clear things up.
I just found this site so I'm doing some research and checking into the bleach , baking soda, etc. but for the time being is there a quick start general recommendation for starting off if I a)either drain the whole thing and refill with new water or b)if I only have the strips to use to test it? Or should I bring a water sample to the store and then post the results here for the time being?
Also: anything I need to know about installing the new S180T filter? type of sand (white, right?) any modified parts needed? etc? thanks