I'm going to try to keep this as clean and un-confusing as possible, but I have quite a few questions and concerns...
I have a 15' above ground pool (unsure of the make at the moment) with an AquaTools DE Filter & Pump. The pool is setup the exact way we came into it when we bought the house in 2008 with the exception of us replacing the liner on our own in 2010.
Issue/Concern #1: Cleaning the DE filter is a pain, but usually all I do when the pressure rises above 10psi (starts at around 8psi every time I clean it) is shut the pump down, unhook the hoses and relocate them above water level (note no valves on the equipment) and remove the filter and simply hose it 'clean.' Everywhere I've read, people recommend the backwashing which I've heard of a few times, but it appears as though my pump does not have this feature. Why? Is there something I'm missing?
Issue/Concern #2: Pool pump/filter doesn't seem to be as effective as it should be as far as creating a counter-clockwise current in the pool. The return (regardless of how you position it) tends to send the water straight out toward the opposite side of the pool and creates both a counterclockwise and clockwise current which doesn't aid the filtering very much. Any debris in the pool gathers directly in front of the return and the skimmer at the bottom of the pool. Granted, anything that stays afloat usually gets captured by the skimmer.
Concern #3: I really need to put valves on my equipment to make opening, closing and maintenance easier - How/where would you suggest I place valves and what kinds should I use?
If this was your setup, is there anything in the pictures that you would change, add, etc?
Thank you very much in advance and I can't wait to get some answers and some help with this!