How to vacuum debris with a Hayward perflex DE FILTER

Nklys11

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How do you vacuum to waste with a DE Filter (no multi-port Valve. Hayward Perflex EC50 D.E Filter System 1.5HP Power-Flo Pump. My parents just got a house with this filter and we have only ever used Sand filters

The pool is clear but there is debris on the bottom.. can we vacuum to with the filter running and open the Waste port?
 

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Welcome to TFP! :wave: If you don't have a multiport valve, you can't vacuum to waste unless the installers added a 3-way valve after the pump but before the filter. :(

 
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Nklys11

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Welcome to TFP! :wave: If you don't have a multiport valve, you can't vacuum to waste unless the installers added a 3-way valve after the pump but before the filter. :(

Thanks! No there is no valve between the pump or filter, and no room to add one..
What do people do when they need to vacuum out heavy debris?!

What about vacuuming with the waste port open?
Is that not an option? I don’t have any pictures right now..but can provide some soon
 

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Thanks! No there is no valve between the pump or filter, and no room to add one..
What do people do when they need to vacuum out heavy debris?!

What about vacuuming with the waste port open?
Is that not an option? I don’t have any pictures right now..but can provide some soon
Those Pump/Filter kits are flawed in that aspect. The whole reason I bought a robot was to never ever have to vacuum and avoid having to clean my filter frequently (granted cartridge filters are not that difficult to clear).
 

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Thanks! No there is no valve between the pump or filter, and no room to add one..
What do people do when they need to vacuum out heavy debris?!

What about vacuuming with the waste port open?
Is that not an option? I don’t have any pictures right now..but can provide some soon
Yes you can vac to waste with port open on DE filter. Just be aware water level will rapidly drop so have a hose filling pool as you go. Move quickly! The best is to use a good leaf net for heavy debris. Get as much as possible out 1st