Newbie needs advice on Pool Chems, Backwashing etc

etbrown4March 10, 2012

I'm a novice at this so I hope someone can kindly help with a few basic questions. Have a large gunite pool with sand filter. I've got the pump running and filtering. Shocked the 40,000 gal pool today with 4 lb of Lowes shock. The faint green is now more blueish though cloudy. So far, so good!

1. Our temp here is about 60 and the water temp is likely more like 50. How long does shock usually last and when to I begin regular chlorinating.

2. This is a vacation house and I live 3 hrs away. Is it ok to let a pump run for a week without backwashing (since that's when I will return). I have a large sand filter and it usually runs at about 18psi. If that's too long I'll just have to turn it off until I return next weekend.

3. I'v never backwashed before. About how long do you run it in backwash, and how long rinse? Am I right that when you back wash you open the valve on the pvc waste pipe at the same time? It's a standard multi-port valve on the filter, and I can't recall if it has a separate setting for backwash and a separate setting for waste.

Many thanks. sorry I know so little, though I'll know a lot more after the first time!

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1. The shock proably won't last long as your stabiliaer is most likely nil and the materials your oxidizing are high. Since you see blue it's beginning to do its job. I'd suggest shocking again and adding a couple of gallons of muriatic acid at the same time.

2. It's okay to leave it running but it really helps to have a neighbor check your water level and the filter pressure in the middle of the week if you leave on Sunday aftewnoon. If the pressure climbs over 8 to 10 pounds have them turn off the pump. If you turn it off now and leave it till next week you pretty much wasted the time and chemicals you just introduced, a week from now the pool will only show slightly better.

3. If it a 6 position multiport valvr you'll want to turn off the pump and rotate the handle 180 degrees to 12 oclock, then start the pump and backwash. I always backwash a sand filter for about 2 minutes at a time and rinse for 1 minute after. I repeat the process several times over before going back into filter position.

See ya,

    Bookmark   March 11, 2012 at 1:44PM
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As a rule you only need to backwash once a week. Honestly if the water is only 50 you could probably super shock the pool with several gallons on liquid chlorine and shut off the filter for the week.My advise is read your manuals,get advise from your local pool store, and go online to some of the more active pool forums that deal with chemistry. I have owned a pool for 6 years now and the pool store was very helpful in the beginning. I do have a pool maint company open and close the pool as well as take care of equipment.

One last piece of advise, dont be pound foolish and penny wise when it comes to pools. My husband learned the hard way.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2012 at 9:29PM
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    Bookmark   March 17, 2012 at 5:11PM
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