We have a 15,000 gallon above ground pool that we’re having issues with getting running. The pool came with the property when we bought it late last year, so this is the first summer we’ve been trying to use it; and it appears the previous owners didn’t use it in a few years and didn’t maintain it very well.
The filter we have is a Haywood DE (the pool is a Doughboy if that makes a difference)
We’ve tried numerous things to get the pump/filter system to work properly; clean it, replace parts (some of which I didn’t initially know were missing) treat it with DE.
Each time we’ve taken these measures, the pump runs great – initially – but after a couple of hours, the pressure on the return tappers to practically nothing. We can refresh it, but the pressure doesn’t return to nearly what it was.
We’ve had to this thing apart countless times now and it’s getting ridiculous.
The only thing the people at the pool supplies place has told us, is that the filter is clogged and needs to be cleaned with filter cleanser. We’ve soaked the filter with bleach, which they say isn’t enough to clean it, but the filter is spotless. If the filter were clogged with calcium and mineral deposits, would we be able to tell by looking at it? Is there’s a better way to clean that, than the $20 bottle of cleaner the pool supplies place sells?
What else might be the problem and how do we fix it?
The pool started off this summer very dirty; it’s finally starting to get clear. We’re fairly certain the previous owners didn’t even open it the last couple of years.
The main problem now has been the loss of output in the return and rising pressure on the guage.
One pool supply place recommended the muratic acid, but a tutorial I saw online said no to use that on a Hayward DE, as it would damage the filter. Which is it?
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Swimming pool heaters are a must to help in the control of the temperature of your pool’s water. There are a number of heater types, but the two most common are the standard and the solar swimming pool heaters. Should you decide on getting a solar heater, just be sure that you have a pool that is properly located, mean which it receives ample amount of sunlight, otherwise it will just be a waste of financial resources.
You can try having the standard heater, which is powered by gas. This is one of the most popular means of powering your heater. Or perhaps you can use oil if in case you are located in areas where gas is not available. Of course, while this is the common means of heating your swimming pool, they are not necessarily the cleanest, in terms of caring for our environment. Definitely the most environment friendly are the solar swimming pool heaters, as they use the power of the sun to in order run and warm up the water.
One of the most efficient means of heating up your pool water is the electric type of heater. However, it should be noted that electric pool heaters are the most expensive to use. Unlike the solar heaters however, which might be unreliable during rainy or long cloudy days, electric heaters work for your pool effectively all year round.
Likewise, solar pool heaters can also be very expensive initially. You still need to purchase and install a pump that would bring water from the pool to the panels for it to be heated. Needless to say, this particular pump can be expensive too. However, you might just want to consider solar heaters for your pool as an investment as in the long run, you will save significant money because of zero expenses on power to run such heaters.
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