What setting do I put my sand filter on to vacuum my pool?

To begin vacuuming your pool:

  1. If you have a sand filter and are vacuuming to waste, set filter to “waste” option.
  2. Otherwise, leave setting on “filter” and turn pump on to begin vacuuming.
  3. Vacuum your pool just as you would vacuum your living room, picking up debris or algae as you go.

What are the different settings on a sand filter for?

The most common settings found on a sand filter valve are Filter, Backwash, Rinse, Recirculate, Waste, Closed, and Winterize. Filter – This is the main setting, directing water flow through the sand for cleaning. Backwash – When impurities are removed from the water, they remain in the sand inside of the tank.

When should I backwash My Hayward sand filter?

You will know your filter needs backwashing when:

  1. The pool pump is noisy.
  2. Water flow into the pool via return jets is slow.
  3. The pump pressure gauge rises by 8-10 pounds per square inch (psi) above the clean or startup normal pressure.
  4. Persistent cloudy water when FC level is fine.

Can I vacuum my pool on waste?

Vacuuming to WASTE can only be accomplished if a multiport valve controls your pool filter system. This position bypasses the filter and sends all the unwanted debris through the waste line. Note: Vacuuming to WASTE drains the pool, so keep an eye on your water levels.

Should I run my pool on filter or recirculate?

You should run your pump/filter as long as it takes to keep the pool clean. Some pools have great circulation combined with low use, therefore run times can be quite short. Other pools have lousy circ systems and huge bather loads and even 24/7 filtration has trouble keeping up.

How often should you backwash a sand pool filter?

about once a week
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 filter’s pressure gauge reads 8-10 PSI (pounds per square inch) over the starting level or “clean” pressure.

How do I vacuum my pool on waste setting?


  1. Fill the pool before beginning, and run the hose while vacuuming.
  2. Shut off pump and switch the multiport valve to the Drain to Waste Position.
  3. Vacuum as fast as possible, the water level can drop fast.
  4. Stop vacuuming when the skimmer begins to suck air, allow the pool to refill.

How does the Hayward Pro Series sand filter work?

The Hayward Pro-series Sand Filters use this simple but very effective method to give you the filtration you need to clean your pool water. The water enters the Pro-series sand filter and is channeled to the top of the filter and falls on a bed of sand.

How does a sand filter work in a pool?

The oldest and most popular method of filtration is sand. Sand filters share two things in common: 1) When in the filtration mode, water always flows from top to bottom; 2) They all have some sort of lateral or under drain with slots to hold back sand while allowing clean, filtered water to pass through.

When do you use the filter position setting?

This setting is used to filter the water through the sand. It is the pool filter valve positions setting that your filter will spend most of its life on. Mostly it will be used when the pool pump runs on your timer to keep the water in the pool clean. The filter setting is also the one you will use the most when vacuuming your pool.

How many valve positions does a sand filter have?

If you use a sand filter to maintain your above-ground or in-ground pool, you may have noticed that the handle on the multiport head has either 6 or 7 positions that the filter can be set to.