My old Jacuzzi Tri-Clops cartridge filter system is showing it's age, and the filters are getting harder (and more expensive) to find. I'm going to replace the system this spring, and could use some advice.
We live in a rural area, with farm fields on 2 sides and a woods to the back. Needless to say we deal with a lot of blown debris in dust, chemical over-spray, and leaves. Last year I probably averaged taking the filter apart every 3-5 days and hosing them off.
I'm leaning towards a DE filter and loading it with Fiber (not DE) so I can backwash directly to the ground. However, when I see what new systems are being put in around here it seems sand filters & cartridges are still more popular.
My questions are: What would you recommend; sand, a new cartridge or DE system? Something else?
Would I be better off to put in a sand filter as a primary filter, then back it up with a smaller DE or cartridge system?
I also read through the discussion around head pressure, pipe sizes and pump sizing. Any advice on matching a new pump to the filtration system? The old pump still works, but it's 15+ years old, and pretty expensive to operate, so a 2 speed or VS will be needed. As a part of the make-over I plan to change the pipe sizing above the ground. What I have now are 3 inlets (main drain and 2 skimmers) all with 1.5" that connect through 2 multi-port valves. Then 1.5" that goes back to the pool (with a bypass for the heater). I plan to put individual shut off's on each inlet, then connect them to a 2" that will feed the pump/filter and heater. Hopefully that will make it quieter as well.
Thanks in advance for the help.