Backwash to waste or rinse?

Molly Schmidt

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May 20, 2017
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Seattle
I know I don't need to introduce myself as a newbee, but here I am!!!
I was taught by pool machinery guy (actually a straight shooter and very nice), when backwashing you run for 2/3 mins at "backwash" and then follow with approx 10 sec at waste.
Is this correct? My filter says to go to rinse........
 

Richard320

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San Dimas, CA (LA County)
I know I don't need to introduce myself as a newbee, but here I am!!!
I was taught by pool machinery guy (actually a straight shooter and very nice), when backwashing you run for 2/3 mins at "backwash" and then follow with approx 10 sec at waste.
Is this correct? My filter says to go to rinse........
Rinse is correct. Waste bypasses the filter completely. You want the water to go through the sand the right direction and push any stray sand inside the pipes out the backwash port and not into the pool.
 
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