Need help with a new pump.

Joe 09

Member
Jun 2, 2012
5
Henderson, NC
Hey everyone I'm new to this site but I've learned alot already by reading through some of your post. I'm having a problem with a new sand filter pump that I hope someone can help me with.
The pump is an Intec 1600 gph sand filter pump. I put the recommended sand in and it started up great. The problem is that after about an hour of running the water flow diminishes greatly and the pressure goes to 10 psi. After backwashing and rinsing the water flow is great again but the pressure never goes down below 7 psi. Needless to say I'm having to backwash way to often and its been this way since start up two weeks ago.
Any help would be greatly appreciated and Thx in advance.
 

scooperhsd

Well-known member
May 10, 2009
395
Youngsville NC
7 PSI should be fine, as well as backwashing at 10 PSI. If it is clogging up - there is usually a reason. What's the condition of the water ?
If you're fighting an algae bloom right now - frequent clogs are to be expected until you get the algae killed.
 

Joe 09

Member
Jun 2, 2012
5
Henderson, NC
The water is extremely cloudy right now. There is alot of dead algae floating through the water. I've been using Pool First Aid the past 4 days trying to clear it up but with the pump only circulating water with good flow for an hour at a time I'm not getting very far.
 

scooperhsd

Well-known member
May 10, 2009
395
Youngsville NC
At this point - there's not much else you can do besides pump / backwash. The other option would be to dump all the water currently in the pool and refill - but I couldn't judge if that is a cost effective solution for you.

It should be showing you why we recommend as large a filter as you can afford / fit in. :)
 

JasonLion

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May 7, 2007
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That pump will be fine, but a larger filter would be good. There is nothing wrong with your current filter, in the sense that it is catching the debris in the water, which means it is working as designed. The advantage of a larger filter is that you could go longer before the pressure went up and you needed to backwash.
 

Joe 09

Member
Jun 2, 2012
5
Henderson, NC
Yes I followed all directions when setting up, backwash then rinse then filter. There are white particles floating everywhere through pool which I gather is all the dead algae. I just thought the new pump should have been running for more than an hour between backwashes. Its been this way since setup two weeks ago.
 

J20832

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Jul 3, 2009
218
Olney, MD
The white stuff is probably the Pool First Aid, which you probably shouldn't need and the bottle states that you shouldn't use within one hour of shocking. Shocking can be a several day process...