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Oh dear - more problems with pool - this time sand filter


londoneye

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Hi everyone

Seems like this is the year when our pool plays up.

We have waterair pool and sand filter.

When we have finished vaccuming the pool, recently, little splodges of sand are deposited out of vaccum onto bottom of pool.

I have just telephoned waterair and as far as I understand (my french is not 100%), this means that there is a problem with the sand filter, probably a fitting which stops the sand going back into the pool has broken.

Question: is there anyone in area of 87500 who could come out and have a look at this for us (obviously a pool specialist rather than just anyone who wants to look !).

Waterair cannot get a technician here for two weeks and it seems to be fairly pricey to fix.

If anyone knows of anyone please pm me with your details and a phone number and I will call you.

Many thanks
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Could be one of the tank internal filter pipes has broken but I don't think there is any way of checking them without actually removing the sand from the tank.

Disclaimer.

Note: This is advice given in the best intention from someone who is not an expert in these matters.

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edit:

Interesting thing, and slightly off-topic, that I've not seen before - Our pool is absolutely covered this morning, with flying ants. thousands of them [:-))]

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Bugsy - our pool also - just spent nearly two hours cleaning it up - we get it every year for a couple of days but this was the worst yet - expect them again tonight cos normally its for 2/3 nights.

I am about to search to see if there is something I can buy to get rid of them before they all come out again this evening !
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Yes, thank you everyone for the advice on the flying ants ! I think the worst of them is over now ... can't even see where they are coming from even tho I got sun-burn standing staring at the pool for 2 hours to see if they popped out from somewhere - which they did as soon as I turned my back!

No-one knows of a pool technician then ???!!
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Londoneve, your postcode is the same as mine so I assume you are in the Pouzauges area. I am not a pool technician but a retired engineer with a long experiance with pools and filters, if it suits I can come over and look and perhaps advise. september would be the best time when we can open the sand filter and see what's what.
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If you have a look at this site it shows,part way down, how a sand filter works. If one of the laterals at the bottom of the filter has somehow been damaged then that is where your sand will appear from. The laterals are delicate, but there isn't really any reason they should break in normal service?

http://www.poolandchristmasvillage.com/filters/sandfilterworks.htm

You just have to be careful when you change the sand, preferably for Zeolite!!

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[quote user="Jonzjob"]If you have a look at this site it shows,part way down, how a sand filter works. If one of the laterals at the bottom of the filter has somehow been damaged then that is where your sand will appear from. The laterals are delicate, but there isn't really any reason they should break in normal service?[/quote]

I think that's what I said earlier John. But not so eloquently [:D]

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Eleqwentlie Bugsy? If I didn't know you so well I would think that you were being rude?[8-)]

You are right about not being able to get to the laterels without removing the sand because that is what they are buried in. If the sand has to come out it's an easy job to do just using your hand. I have done it a couple of times now and I reckon it's quicker and cheaper to do that that than to faf with any kind of sand vac. If you had several then that is a different matter, but just one, no problems!

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