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Thread: Is it OK too vacuum filter sand from returns? Update 13th $

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    Is it OK too vacuum filter sand from returns? Update 13th $

    Hi,

    We had some work done on our sand filter(had an o-ring replaced). Now there is
    piles of filter sand near the returns that was blowen there.

    1. Is it OK to vacuum this sand with our manual pool vacuum?

    2. When we now shut the pump off and turn it back on sand blows out the returns on start up,
    it never did this before the work was done. Will this correct itself after a few start ups?

    Thanks in advance!!!!
    16x32 inground vinyl 8' deep end
    1hp Northstar Pump, 20" Sand Filter
    6ft Double Lounge, 2 Aqua Lamps w/remote
    216sqft Sungrabber Panels (9- 2'x12') a little undersized

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    Re: Is it OK too vacuum filter sand from returns?

    Which o-ring was replaced? Sounds like they got some sand in your standpipe somehow. You're ok to vacuum it up. If it's just sand in the standpipe then it will eventually clear out, but they may also have bumped it and cracked a lateral or something. It only does it at start up?

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    Re: Is it OK too vacuum filter sand from returns?

    Thanks for the reply!

    Its was the valve tank O-ring. When I checked on the young buck, he was screwing
    around with the white pipe that goes down the middle of the tank( looks like white pvc).

    He said it lifted when he lifted the contonl assembly. He started removing sand and said it would be fine.

    The sand shoots out for the first 10 seconds after the pump is started and settles below the returns.

    It seems like quite a pile ,thats why I didn't know if I could vacuum it. Not knowing the working
    of a pump I see it going in the pump motor and screwing up the motor.

    Thanks again for your help!!
    16x32 inground vinyl 8' deep end
    1hp Northstar Pump, 20" Sand Filter
    6ft Double Lounge, 2 Aqua Lamps w/remote
    216sqft Sungrabber Panels (9- 2'x12') a little undersized

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    Re: Is it OK too vacuum filter sand from returns?

    If that pipe shifted there's a very good chance he cracked a lateral. Call the company back, tell them the standpipe shifted, he moved it around without taking the sand out, and now there's sand coming into your pool. The sand needs to be taken out, the lateral assembly inspected/repaired, and new sand put back in.

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    Re: Is it OK too vacuum filter sand from returns?

    Thats for the reply!

    You nailed it to a tea. The owner was here this morning with the young lad. I see a
    standpipe with a lateral broken off setting in my pump house.
    Thanks for your help!!
    16x32 inground vinyl 8' deep end
    1hp Northstar Pump, 20" Sand Filter
    6ft Double Lounge, 2 Aqua Lamps w/remote
    216sqft Sungrabber Panels (9- 2'x12') a little undersized

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    Re: Is it OK too vacuum filter sand from returns?

    Glad they took care of it!

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    Re: Is it OK too vacuum filter sand from returns?

    It will be interesting to see the bill when it comes in. I plan on paying for an O-ring
    and a 1 hour service call. We will see what his plans are.
    16x32 inground vinyl 8' deep end
    1hp Northstar Pump, 20" Sand Filter
    6ft Double Lounge, 2 Aqua Lamps w/remote
    216sqft Sungrabber Panels (9- 2'x12') a little undersized

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    Re: Is it OK too vacuum filter sand from returns? Update 13th $

    The bill came in today. As I had thought his plans where a little different then mine.
    He billed me for the Lateral Assembly with center pipe. Plus an extra 1.25 service call and sand.

    I called the owner armed with the great information that spishex provided, and suggested that
    maybe his young employee should have emptied the sand to reset the pipe. Not try to force it down by wiggling it and jamming down.

    He agreed and said he will send another invoice and not to worry about that one. Its much easier to deal with pool people if you have the proper information when they try to tell you something different.

    Thanks for the help SPISHEX!!!
    16x32 inground vinyl 8' deep end
    1hp Northstar Pump, 20" Sand Filter
    6ft Double Lounge, 2 Aqua Lamps w/remote
    216sqft Sungrabber Panels (9- 2'x12') a little undersized

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    Re: Is it OK too vacuum filter sand from returns? Update 13th $

    Wow. Wonder how many less attentive customers have paid for this guy's education...

    Way to stay on top of it!

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