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    Waterways Clearwater II Filter leaking?

    Originally had a sand filter when we bought house. Replaced it with Clearwater II cartridge filter that came with a 1 hp pump, burnt up quickly. Used the 1.5 hp pump that came with pool until this year when we started it up & it started pouring out water. Replaced it with 1.5 hp pump that is recommended pump for our filter. We appear to be losing water from somewhere in the pump / filter system as evidenced by it being soggy underneath the platform & the fact we lose 1/4 inch a day. Need to fill to top skimmer line at least once a week. We plan on plugging return and capping skimmer, pulling cartridge out & putting food dye in filter housing to see if it's the housing.
    Assuming it is the housing is about 400$ to replace. Anybody who has this filter has to know it's incredibly difficult to get the lid back on without pinching the o-ring etc. It seems to be an awful design.
    We "hard plumbed" the filter to the lines that run to the solar heater so that'd be the argument to replace it with the same. But if we need a new cartridge filter it might be a good time to replace it with something that isn't so cumbersome to work with. Just looking for thoughts
    Pool: 12,000 gallon above ground 18x33 oval - approximately 20 years old, vinyl liner age ?
    Filter: waterway clear water II cartridge filter, 1.5 hp pump , Chlorinator: in line
    Solar heater: yes, Solar cover: 16 mil silver
    Chemicals: Caribbean blue line; forever clear tabs, chlorguard granules, knockout

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    Re: Waterways Clearwater II Filter leaking?

    Sorry you have not gotten any responses.

    I am not exactly sure what you are asking. Are you looking for a replacement filter recommendation?
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    Re: Waterways Clearwater II Filter leaking?

    If we were to replace it, we figured out it is not leaking, a cartridge filter that is more user friendly to get the cartridge in and out. It really seems to be a poorly designed filter.
    Pool: 12,000 gallon above ground 18x33 oval - approximately 20 years old, vinyl liner age ?
    Filter: waterway clear water II cartridge filter, 1.5 hp pump , Chlorinator: in line
    Solar heater: yes, Solar cover: 16 mil silver
    Chemicals: Caribbean blue line; forever clear tabs, chlorguard granules, knockout

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    Re: Waterways Clearwater II Filter leaking?

    So it is not leaking then?
    If you did want to replace it, look for a cartridge filter that is at least 150 sqft.
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    Re: Waterways Clearwater II Filter leaking?

    Nope. It was a leak in the hose leading to the pump. Fixed it today. Do you have any suggestions as far as a brand of model where the lid isn't so difficult to get back on? Any already difficult task is made more difficult by the fact that out filter sits underneath our pool deck so you have to crouch and battle with it
    Pool: 12,000 gallon above ground 18x33 oval - approximately 20 years old, vinyl liner age ?
    Filter: waterway clear water II cartridge filter, 1.5 hp pump , Chlorinator: in line
    Solar heater: yes, Solar cover: 16 mil silver
    Chemicals: Caribbean blue line; forever clear tabs, chlorguard granules, knockout

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    Re: Waterways Clearwater II Filter leaking?

    Any major brand is fine ... maybe a sand filter would be easier so you could just backwash and not take the filter apart every time you need to clean it.
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