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The only way I was able to vacuum with a cartridge filter was to cut the PVC piping between the filter and the pump and install a tee that would accomodate a backwash hose. On the return line I installed a ball valve to divert the water without going back into the pool.

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If you have a pool pump and a swimming pool cartridge filter and possibly a heater the Plumbing to and from the equipment pad should be connected on the suction side of the pump to the skimmer. On the discharge side of the filter or heater that pipe goes back to the pool. Your pool vac head and hose should connect into the skimmer at some point inside the skimmer to be able to vac the pool. You have to attach the vac head to a telepole, connect your vac hose to the vac head, feed the hose into the water thus filling the hose - until you reach the loose end of the hose. Place the palm of your hand over the loose hose end while it is still under water - trapping the water in the hose- then while hand still on hose end place that end into the skimmer pulling your hand away just before you plug it into the skimmer hole. At this point your should have some sort of suction at the vac head. It may or may not have much suction depending on how the system is plumbed and at what hp the pump is rated. In other words a 1/8th hp will not produce the suction that a 1/2 hp or 3/4 hp will. If this does not work for you and you don't have those tools as described above you then may resort to a vac that will work off your garden hose -- if you have enough water pressure. The more water pressure the better.


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You leave your pool filter set to filter hook up hose with a vacume attachment vacume with filter set to filter or to and then backwash you filter if you have a sand type filter you can also vacume while filter is set to waste but you will need to add water when done. If you have a cartridge type vacume set at filter then remove filter cartridge and clean or replace.

When you vacuum-backwash-rinse why do dirt particles come out of the water returns?

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Dirty water coming your of return when vacuuming with a cartridge filter?

Cartridge is not installed correctly or you have a crack in the manifold allowing dirty water to pass by the filter.

How do you vacuum to waste with a cartridge filter?

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Can you use flock with a cartridge filter?

When you use flock you should not put it through the filter.When vacuming flock out of a pool with a sand filter you vacuum to waste. However you don't have that luxury with a cartridge filter. The ideal solution would be to put a 3 way valve between the pump and the filter and set it up so that one of the ports can be run to waste while at the same time shutting of the water to the filter.

Can water filter remove lead from water?

Yes they can but only if you buy an iron removal filter cartridge then you should be fine.

Can aluminium sulphate added to a cartridge filter pool?

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How does a cartridge pool filter work?

A cartridge pool filter works by collecting the particles filtering through the pool. It allows water to pass through, but not solid objects.

Types of pool filters?

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How do you bypass the cartridge filter when vacuuming the pool?

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When is it time to replace your pool filter?

If you have a sand filter the sand needs replacing every 3 or four years. If you have a cartridge filter it wont need replacing until it breaks. Cartridge filters can become blocked over time causing the pressure to become to high as a result of the restricted flow of water, this can be fixed by getting an approved (for your filter) cleaner, this will clear the pores in the filter and keep it going so long as the membrane doesn't break.

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What happens if you filter mechanical mixtures?

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You would need a water softener or if your using cartridges then you would use a DI or a water softening cartridge.

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How do you vacuum the pool with a cartridge filter?

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