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Thread: To Backwash or Not to Backwash

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    To Backwash or Not to Backwash

    Now that my pool is no longer green, I really don't have much trouble with the sand filter clogging up. Before the pressure would go up noticeably and the water flow would drop to almost nothing in the pool. And you could see what you were washing out during the backwash and rinse steps.

    I read in more than one place that backwashing too much actually keeps the filter from doing its job as well. I had stopped backwashing a couple of days ago for that reason. The pressure hadn't moved at all and the water flow was the same as before. But the person at the pool place yesterday said to backwash every day regardless.

    Any opinions on this ? I've got a blue pool now but a cloudy one and I'm trying to do the best thing to keep filtering this water while I maintain high FC levels.

    Thanks,
    Steve
    24' Round Above-Ground Pool, 13500 Gallons
    Triton Meteor Sand Filter

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    Re: To Backwash or Not to Backwash

    But the person at the pool place yesterday said to backwash every day regardless.
    One more reason to stay away from the advice at pool stores and focus on the advice given here. Info like that would probably never be posted here and, if it was, would be challenged in 30 seconds.
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    Re: To Backwash or Not to Backwash

    I'll go back to what I was doing then -- not backwashing unless it clearly needs it from the pressure and water flow.

    Steve
    24' Round Above-Ground Pool, 13500 Gallons
    Triton Meteor Sand Filter

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