To Do List:
1) Leave filter on for at least 24hrs to properly
circulate chemicals added when pool was opened.
2) If pool opened green (common occurence
for loop loc or any mesh safety cover ) Make sure pool filter
is circulating the water at the proper rate. ( Do this by
simply putting your hand in front of your return jet and feel
if the jet stream is pushing strong.
3) If pressure from jet is weak than you
will need to backwash your filter system. ( Most common with
D.E. filter systems , but can also occur with sand filter
4) Backwashing filter system for sand and
(a) First turn
off filter system.
(b) Unravel backwash hose to
desired location (usually a blue hose )
(c) Turn multiport handle from
the filter setting to the backwash setting.
(d) Turn back on filter and
backwash the system. You should notice a small plastic or
glass jar mounted on
the side of your mutiport .That is the site glass. When you
see the water inside the jar clear up than
you are done backwashing the system.( Note if pool is green
water will never turn clear in the site glass
so in that instance you would backwash for 4minutes )
(e) When done backwashing turn
filter back off.
(f) Now turn mutiport handle
back to the filter setting.
(g) Turn filter back on and
roll up backwash hose.
(h) If you have a sand filter
you are done. D.E. filters need to have the D.E. replaced
do to backwashing removed the D.E. from the grids. To replace
the D.E. go to the skimmer closests to the filter system.
If you are unsure it is O.K. Adding D.E. to the wrong skimmer
will not cause any harm to system.With the system running
add one scoop of D.E. at a time waiting for each scoop to
dissolve fully before adding the next. Most systems require
4 scoops. Check owners manual or the side of your filter canister
for the chart which tells you how much D.E. to add if unsure.
(i) After adding D.E. your are
done with the backwashing process.
(j) Monitor filter system until
pool is clear if opened green.
(k) Repeat as needed each time
you notice filter system is running slower than the norm.
(l) If you notice you are constantly
backwashing the system or you notice the D.E. cycling back
into the pool. Be sure to call ASAP for a service appt. because
a repair would be needed to correct those problems.
(m) One more quick note. If
you are constantly adding chemicals to your pool and constantly
backwashing call for service ASAP. Adding chemicals will only
waste your money and never get your pool clear. The filter
system needs service and adding chemicals and backwashing
will not solve the problem it will only add to the expense!
The filter is responsible for up to 85% of the clarity of
the water. Most people are under the assumption that the chemicals
are what keeps the water in the pool clear.