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    Vac to waste?

    Can someone please define what "vac to waste" consists of. Is it simply backwashing or cleaning your filter?
    8 K pool, cc 100 filter, Auto-Pilot SWG, 1 HP Whisper-Flo pump, in-ground gunite pool 9 yrs. old,solar heat and Pentair 250K heater.

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    Re: Vac to waste?

    Hi!

    Quote Originally Posted by jaybo500
    Is it simply backwashing or cleaning your filter?
    Nope - it totally bypasses the filter and goes out the waste line. Backwash reverses the water flow through the filter and then out the waste line - used to clean the filter grids of accumulated dirt; "Rinse" = "filter to waste" - it runs water through the filter and out the waste lane.
    18k gal inground, everbrite finish, 505 sq ft; 1.5 hp two speed whisperflow; rheem 5100ti 100k btu heat pump; 3 sheer descent falls; DE filter; swg (cell out and using trichlor for now)

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    Re: Vac to waste?

    Quote Originally Posted by jaybo500
    Can someone please define what "vac to waste" consists of. Is it simply backwashing or cleaning your filter?
    It will provide a little more suction and may save you some time and clorine if you're fighting alge.
    20,000 Gallon kidney sort of a sand filtered gunite in ground pool w/ hot tub.

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    Re: Vac to waste?

    It also empties ALOT of water from the pool in a short period of time.
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    24' round AG pool, 52" high, Raypak heater; Waterway 2 spd Pump;
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    Re: Vac to waste?

    Quote Originally Posted by frustratedpoolmom
    It also empties ALOT of water from the pool in a short period of time.
    I can vouch for that. Here in NE Florida we've been having a lot of rain. Sometimes as much as 3-4 inches in an hour. So I've needed to drain some of the water from the pool frequently and in these situations use filter to waste.
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