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    Martin2003's Avatar
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    Is it OK to backwash before disassembling/cleaning filter?

    I have a Pentair Quad DE Cartridge filter and I am about to venture out on the first disassembly and full cleaning of the cartridges. I was thinking of backwashing the filter before I disassemble it to remove the largest debris and spare the dirtiness in the yard, but was wondering if there are any drawbacks to that approach?

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    Torben

    22,500 gallons IG gunite free form w/ spa, Tropical Breeze Pebbletec, Intelliflo Variable Speed, 2hp Whisperflo for waterfall feature, Intellitouch, Quad DE 80 Filter, Mastertemp heater, SWCG

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    Yes, backwash before disassembly.
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    Hey Martin, I have a 48 sq in Pentair DE filter, and that is what I do before I clean it, I backwash about 3 time until I can't see anymore dirt coming out, although, even know you backwash, be prepare to have clumps of DE, dirt etc. when you remove the cover, I usually throw this stuff in a 5 gal bucket, then into my trash

    Rob
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    Excellent, you guys rock!!!

    Thanks for the fast replies.
    Torben

    22,500 gallons IG gunite free form w/ spa, Tropical Breeze Pebbletec, Intelliflo Variable Speed, 2hp Whisperflo for waterfall feature, Intellitouch, Quad DE 80 Filter, Mastertemp heater, SWCG

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