New to pool ownership need help on where to start with chemicals

kingfish1982

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May 7, 2020
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Wadsworth ohio
During my slamming process am I ok to clean the cartridge filter to speed to clearing of the water. Will that help with clearing up the water? Should I continously being running my pump on low or high. I started on high and have turned it down to low after vacuuming this morning. Thanks
 

mknauss

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Clean the filter when your filter pressure rises by 25% over clean pressure.

Run pump on low. 24 hours per day if at all possible.
 

kingfish1982

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May 7, 2020
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Wadsworth ohio
Will cleaning the cartridge just be a waste of time if it hasn't risen by 25%. Here are the latest pictures of pool, I think it's still cloudy do you agree?
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mknauss

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It is a bit cloudy. Not bad.
The filter will actually filter better dirty, until such time as the flow rate through it is restricted.

Once the pressure rises by 25%, clean the filter.
 

mknauss

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If that is as often as it can be done, it will work. Just makes the process take longer. No one home to add some chlorine mid-day? Test and add in the morning, late afternoon, just before bed.
 

kingfish1982

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May 7, 2020
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Wadsworth ohio
One more question regarding vacation. I'm leaving next weekend for 4 days. What do i do about my cl levels. Do I get a floater for while I'm gone if no one can add liquid chlorine?? What do i put into the floater ??
 

mknauss

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If no one can add chorine, then you should float one puck. That is all that will dissolve in 4 days.
Raise your FC to SLAM level right before you leave and put a puck in a floater. Have your pump run a few hours each day.