As a general rule, you should be backwashing your pool about once a week or in conjugation with your scheduled maintenance. Another industry standard is to backwash when your filters pressure gauge reads 8-10 PSI (pounds per square inch) over the starting level or “clean” pressure.
How long should you backwash a pool for?
2 - 3 minutes After the hose fills with water, backwash your sand filter for 2 - 3 minutes, or until water runs clear. Shut off the pump motor and push the T-handle back down into locked position. Turn your pump back on and note the lower pressure.
Should you backwash your pool everyday?
One of the simplest and most reliable ways to maintain healthy pool water throughout the year – especially in the busy summer season – and keep your filtration system clean is to backwash regularly.
When should you not backwash a pool?
Unless your pool gets really dirty, you should not need to backwash it beyond your scheduled maintenance. Another theory recommends to backwash when the pressure gauge is about 8 to 10 psi (pound-force per square inch) over the starting level.
Is it OK to shock pool on cloudy day?
If the pool is still very cloudy or green, you may need to shock it to make it safe to swim in again. First, make sure that the filter system is working properly and the chemicals are still at the proper levels. Next, mix up your chlorine shock (hyperchlorinate) treatment.
Should you shock pool at night?
The ideal time to shock your pool is in the evening after all swimming is complete. In the evening because the sun will not be boiling the chlorine out of your pool, and after everyone is done swimming because shocking is going to bring the chlorine level up to a level that may be irritating to skin and eyes.
What happens if you put too much chlorine in your pool?
Chlorine, either solid or liquid, is a pesticide used in pools to destroy germs, including those from feces, urine, saliva and other substances. But excessive exposure to chlorine can cause sickness and injuries, including rashes, coughing, nose or throat pain, eye irritation and bouts of asthma, health experts warn.