Can anyone give me some more information when comparing sand vs DE filters. I will be rebuilding my pool this fall with new liner and relocated skimmer and return as well as new fittings. Pump and filter are getting old and tired.
I currently have DE (doughboy) and have been happy with it and the water clarity it provides. Water really "shimmers" when the pool is clean.
Pool folks recommend sand because you can "only tell a difference in water clarity under a microscope". If that's true, why do I read about so many people adding DE to their sand filters to improve filtration? They sell both types and will gladly take my money for either, but they recommend the sand.
My BIL has a pool and his water is always cloudy. He uses sand filter. I suspect his cloudy water may be due to poor management of chemistry rather than his sand filter, but not sure.
I don't mind the additional maintenance that the DE filter entails. But a replacement DE is more expensive and more maintenance. If I can get the same results from a sand filter, I don't mind changing. I guess I need convincing that a sand filter will give the same cleaning results as the DE I am used to. Can anyone provide some guidance?