Hello all: newbie here. First post, in fact.
We've had our pool one month exactly, and it's been perfect so far. Water is beautiful and clear. I've been able to keep the chlorine and ph levels at optimum. But I've got some questions...
To start off...
1) Pool store guy said to run the filter for 6 hours a day. I looked up the specs on the filter and it will pump 38,400 gals in 8 hours. I figure my pool holds about 10,000 gallons, so that means running it a bit over two hours should give me one complete turnover of the water, right? So am I safe running the filter only 3 hours a day?
2) Is there an optimum time of day to run the filter? Daytime? Nightime? Or doesn't it matter at all?
3) Cleaning the filter: We have virtually no dirt, leaves, etc falling in the pool, and the pressure gauge on the filter is at 10lbs, same as when it was installed. So I haven't cleaned the filter yet. I will try it this weekend. But in general, how do I know when it's time to clean it? Should I wait until the gauge rises a few pounds? Should I open it up and check it every week to figure out how often it gets dirty, then establish a cleaning schedule? Or should I just do it at a fixed interval (every week? every 2 weeks?), whether it's dirty or not?
Guess that's it for now. Got a few more questions but they are more specific. Will post them separately.
Thanks in advance for any advice!