Need some filter help

lynns

LifeTime Supporter
Jun 11, 2010
50
New Jersey
First, I am new here and very very new to pool care. Great forum. Already learned a lot just reading some posts!!

My problem: We have a fiberglass inground pool that was installed last fall. It is now up and running for the summer. We have been working on getting it clean and ready. Today we noticed while vacuuming it that dirty water was coming back out of the return jets. We shut the system down and checked the filter (Pentair Clean and Clear). We noticed that the rubber end cap on the filter cartridge is cracked and the "bands" around the pleats are broken. Could this be causing dirty water to get back in the pool? I read that this could be caused from the filter being "plumbed backward". I also read that the filter cartridge has an average life of 3 years. I just don't see how this would happen after the pumps only been running for about 2 months. (The pool was winterized right after installation)

Please forgive my lack of pool terminology and knowledge. We have not received any support from the pool installers and it's becoming REALLY FRUSTRATING!
 

frustratedpoolmom

TFP Expert
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In The Industry
May 20, 2007
12,177
SWSuburban Chicago, IL
The cracked end cap is the likely problem - the broken bands don't hurt anything.
The pump has been running for 2 months? Is this the first cleaning?
Can you provide more info about the pool specs/equipment?
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lynns

LifeTime Supporter
Jun 11, 2010
50
New Jersey
Ok. I edited my signature. Yes, the pump was dewinterized 2 months ago and has been running on a 8am to 8pm schedule. This was the first cleaning we did to the filter. We only did it because we saw the dirty water coming out of the returns. The installer said that it should only need cleaning once or twice a season. It really wasn't that dirty but we just figured we'd check it anyway.

Todays new problem, the salt reading has been really low since the pool was started up. We added some salt and got it to read 1700 (still too low). Today we bought salt test strips and they are reading 4200.

UGHHHH!!!!!!
 

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