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Thread: I think I'm finding sand in my pool

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    I think I'm finding sand in my pool

    At least it feels like sand... I've been vacuuming it up. I suppose I should retrieve a sample and examine it. It's just very small amounts of it, but it seem like every week I detect these small amounts in the bottom of my above ground, 7600 gallon pool. I do have a sand filter, so my question is: is it possible for sand to leak from a sand filter into the pool? It's a new pool and new equipment.

    The sand filter manual says "Sandman Sand filter system NE6150 / NE6170"

    The amounts are small enough, but I've wonder if it's simply blowing into the pool from somewhere. But I don't see any sand deposits anywhere near my pool that it could blow in from, unless it's particles from my roof shingles blowing in.
    18 foot diameter, 52" tall above ground Cornelius pool, with vinyl liner, and resin wall caps.
    Roughly 7600 gallons
    Blue Wave "Sandman" Sand filter/pump, model NE6150. Pump is 1 HP
    Intex SWG, model # 54601E

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    Re: I think I'm finding sand in my pool

    How new is the filter? Have you tried deep cleaning the filter?

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    Re: I think I'm finding sand in my pool

    It's one month old. I haven't deep cleaned it, though you'd think such a new filter wouldn't need it.
    18 foot diameter, 52" tall above ground Cornelius pool, with vinyl liner, and resin wall caps.
    Roughly 7600 gallons
    Blue Wave "Sandman" Sand filter/pump, model NE6150. Pump is 1 HP
    Intex SWG, model # 54601E

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    Re: I think I'm finding sand in my pool

    Did you install the filter yourself? A properly installed sand filter should not leak within a month.

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    Re: I think I'm finding sand in my pool

    I suppose I should retrieve a sample and examine it
    That's the first step. Report back.

    Alternately you could tie a finely knit nylon over the return to see if you "catch" some of this stuff coming back into your pool.
    Dave S.
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    Re: I think I'm finding sand in my pool

    Quote Originally Posted by Abigail K View Post
    Did you install the filter yourself? A properly installed sand filter should not leak within a month.
    No, the pool installer I hired to install the pool, installed the filter. He does stand by his workmanship and told me he'd fix anything he did wrong.
    18 foot diameter, 52" tall above ground Cornelius pool, with vinyl liner, and resin wall caps.
    Roughly 7600 gallons
    Blue Wave "Sandman" Sand filter/pump, model NE6150. Pump is 1 HP
    Intex SWG, model # 54601E

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