You will need to backwash your pool when the gauge on the motor reaches approximately 15-20 because this tells you that the filter needs to be cleaned. To keep your pool clean you will need to perform different maintenance routines, such as back-washing, but it does not have to be a chore. It is a simple process that will help keep your pool looking sparkling clean and running properly. Follow the steps below to perform easy maintenance of back-washing your pool quickly and efficiently.
Step 1: Turn Off Power
The first thing you need to do is to turn off all the power to the pool. Make sure that the pool's filter is turned off and nothing on the pool is running. This will help ensure that no injuries or that any power outrages will occur while backwashing your pool.
Step 2: Attach Backwash Hose
Take your backwash hose and attach it to the pool's filter. The other end of the hose should be placed in an area that will not mind getting a large excess of water, such as an open field or a backyard.
Step 3: Work with Appropriate Valves
Depending on the type of filter you have, you will need to position your valve in a certain way. For a sand filter, you will need to turn the valve so that it is placed on the "Backwash" section of your motor. For all other filters, you will just simply need to place the valve to the "Open" position.
Step 4: Turn Pool On
Once the hose is attached and the filter is placed on the correct valve, it is safe to turn the pool back on. Once the pool is on you will see the dirty water from the pool get sucked up and placed into the filter. This process can take up to a few minutes depending on how dirty the pool's water and filter are. It is your job to keep an eye on the pool to determine when it is OK to stop the back-washing.
Step 5: Rinse
Turn your pool back off. Now switch the mode on the filter to "rinse." Again, the modes will depend on the type of filter that you have. For most filters, you will need to press the handle at a fast speed, but for a sand filter you will just need to switch the valve to "rinse." Turn the pool back on. This process will take several seconds to rinse. Once it is finished turn the pool back off.
Step 6: Turn Pool On
Close the pool's valve so that it is back to its original position and so it will filter normally. It is now safe to turn your pool's motor back on.
Step 7: Check Pressure
Check the gauge to your pool to make sure that it has gone down from what it was before you backwashed your pool. You are now able to enjoy your pool.