You can also suck the sand out using a plain old shop-vac.
Broken back wash valve part in a sand filter. Replace valve assy. Torn or damaged grids in a D. E. filter. Remove, clean and replace in the latter. Broken latterals in a sand filter - remove and replace. Unfortunately with a sand filter you have to remove all the sand first. Be sure that when you replace the #20 silica sand - you cover the stand pipe in the center of the filter other wise you are going to get a lot of sand blosing back to the pool for a while.kk
Most likely you have a sand filter unless you live near the beach. The sand filter has baffles inside the filter and buried down in the existing sand. One or more of the baffles or the stack pipe is cracked. causing sand to return to the pool with the filtered water. Drain the sand from the sand filter and replace the baffles and/or stack pipe. Replace with new sand. Be sure to use approved sand for sand filters.
If the filter is not running properly after back wash (still dirty) you may need to replace sand it is very easy but can hard on your back. The basics of changing filter sand are remove valve from top of filter, disconnect any hoses or pipes on filter, lay filter on its side and roll around to loosen up the sand, reach in and remove sand with your hand be careful not to damage the fingers in the filter they are expensive and can be very difficult to replace. After all the sand is out hose out filter and refill with new filter sand hook all hoses and pipes back up and you are done. Good Luck
The instructions for the amount of sand to use with your filter should have come with your filter. If you threw those instructions away and removed the sand from your filter to replace it, there may or actually should be a mark on the inside of your filter to indicate the level for the top of the sand. It will be fairly near the top. You should only need to remove the top two inches or 5 centimeters of sand about once a year, and then replace it. Otherwise you should backwash your filter. That means, you use the outlet as the inlet and wash the stuff in the filter out the drain or into the yard until it runs clear.
If sand from the filter is ending up in the pool then the laterals are getting worn. These are at the bottom of the sand filter and should only allow water to pass. A: You have a bad lateral(s). You need to remove all of the sand from the filter in order to get to the laterals. Some laterals either unscrew or click or press into place. Once the lateral is repaired replace the sand with new sand using a #20 grade filter sand. k
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