Water Coming Out Backwash Hose? I Need Help

by Beth
(Va Beach, VA)

I have a sand filter and water keeps coming out my backwash hose on every setting except recirculate.

Water doesn't come out on filter setting unless I turn the pump on, then it starts shooting out the backwash.

When I have it turned off it comes out backwash on all other settings.

Water will come out the return and backwash at the same time which I hear the water shouldn't come out two places at once.

I have changed the spring in the handle, O-ring, spider gasket (lubed it up before putting it in). I don't change the settings without unplugging the pump.

I have bought everything new and the pool store is now stumped and can't tell me anything else other than "the spider gasket should have fixed the problem".

My hoses are hooked up correctly, they installed the handle to make sure the gasket was lined up correctly.

I am so fed up.

I have spent the whole summer messing with this filter. Can you tell me anything?

It is a Sparco Sand filter.

Thanks for the question Beth

Don't get mad just yet, but I'm going to say "check the spider gasket" as well.

You have replaced it, but it may not be seated or sitting correctly. An O-ring or gasket needs to be cross tightened. Don't go around in a circle tightening the screws.

Don't lube it with a petroleum based product.

Use a good lube such as:


Jack's Lube

Pool Filter Multiport Valve Gasket Sealant

Pool Filter O-Ring Gasket Valve Lube Sealant 1.75 Oz bottle.

I'm, not a big fan of gluing gaskets or O-rings into place.

When it comes time to clean them or replace them, you're going to need to carve it out and run the risk of chipping or breaking the surrounding plastic.

And this leads into the next possible scenario;

The "tracks" that the gasket fits into may be cracked, broken or warped.

If they are, you'll need to replace the whole Multiport to correct the problem.

A good Multiport valve will "click" into place and hold. If it doesn't, the track might be worn or broken.

Sorry to hear about your issue.

I know it's frustrating when all you want to do is swim but you feel once you've got a problem solved, a new one pops up.

To post a reply, or if you have a similar question, you can see your post on the Q&A page in the "Sand Filters" category.

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Hope this helps and have a great Summer.


Comment: Water Out WASTE Port
By: Splash Leisure
Date: Dec 10, 2011

Sounds like your filter is blocked up,have you changed medium lately?

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Meteor Sand Filter Leaking Filter Hose

by Bonnie
(Boycevillie, WI. Dunn)

I have bought two Hi Flow 6 way valves.

Water is still coming out the filter hose. The pool store can't figure it out.

Thought maybe first one was bad so store exchanged
for a new one but I still have same problem.

I have sand in filter we bought this new last summer.

There is also a drip where air bleeder is.

I replaced the whole unit on the valve.

Please help...

Thanks for the question and the picture Bonnie

Any leak depends on where it’s coming from.

If the leak is coming from a filter hose, it could be a small hole or puncture.

In this case you should replace the hose.

If the leak is near a clamp, you can tighten the clamp.

There are some average hoses and those that are better better quality from companies such as Hayward.

Many hoses resemble the hoses from a Shop Vac.

You can also try two hose clamps placed in opposite directions. This usually works.

You can also look into rubber fernco connectors. These are very good at stopping leaks.

You will need pretty stiff hosing for ferncos.

For your air bleeder valve you can turn off the system and remove the valve.

There might be a small O-ring/gasket around the end. It's about the size of your pinky.

You can replace that or even double up on the gasket.

Gently put some white plumbers tape around the threads as well.

I had to do this to the YMCA sand filter to keep it from leaking.

To post a reply, or if you have a similar question, you can see your post on the Q&A page in the "Sand Filter" category.

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Hope this helps and have a fun and safe swimming season.


Comment: Metor Sand Filter Hoses

By: Bonnie
Date: July 2, 2011

Thank you for the reply. WOW.

Got up early this moring check the hoses. I had hoses hook up wrong.

I didn't know they were written on the valve.

First time I had to deal with this. More than likely was the problem in the frist place.

Expensive mistake.

The person that maintain pool is now deceased.


By: Robert
Date: July 2, 2011

Great job in finding the problem. The filter is hopefully running properly now and that's all that matters.

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