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    Running pump and filter for first time in 18 motnhs

    What is the procedure for turning pump and filter back on after a long time of not being used?

    Pump - Add pool water to top, replace cover and start. Is this correct?

    Filter - I have sand filter, would it be best to start on backwash?

    I have seen a few videos where a bleed valve was opened on the filter prior to turning the pump on, would i need to do this?

    Valve - Hayward Vari-flo 711-13
    Pump - Sta-Rite 5P1R

    Filter - Hayward S244
    Outdoor Inground Heated Concrete Tiled Pool - 25ft x 12ft and 3ft 4" to 6ft 6" deep - 45k Litre Water Capacity
    Valve - Hayward Vari-flo 711-13 ------ Pump - Sta-Rite 5P1R
    Filter - Hayward S244T -------- Test Kit - Taylor K2006C

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    Re: Running pump and filter for first time in 18 motnhs

    I've never had a sand filter, but I assume they have a bleed valve. Definitely open the bleed valve before turning on the pump so the air will get released. When you see a full stream of water coming out of the bleed valve, close it and you're done.

    Also, it's a good idea to clean out both the basket in the pump and the skimmer basket to promote good water flow.
    Pool size: 20,000 Gallon Plaster Pool, Pump: Hayward Tristar VS SP3202VSP, Filter: Pentair Clean and Clear Plus 320
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    Re: Running pump and filter for first time in 18 motnhs

    This is from the filter manual ;


    1. It is good practice to fill tank approximately 1/2 waywith water to provide a cushioning effect when the filtersand is poured in. This helps protect the under-drainlaterals from excessive shock. (Be sure the drain capis securely in place on drain pipe.)


      The system was drain (via drain plug) 18 months back. So the sand will be in already, I am assuming I don't need to fill with water manually now then?
    Outdoor Inground Heated Concrete Tiled Pool - 25ft x 12ft and 3ft 4" to 6ft 6" deep - 45k Litre Water Capacity
    Valve - Hayward Vari-flo 711-13 ------ Pump - Sta-Rite 5P1R
    Filter - Hayward S244T -------- Test Kit - Taylor K2006C

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