DE Filter Recharge/No Skimmer
I have searched the internet attempting to find the answer to my question with no luck. I bought a house recently with an inground spa. I need to clean and recharge my DE filter, but the spa has no skimmer with which to add the DE slurry.
How do I recharge the filter with DE? Add to the drain at the bottom of the spa which goes to the filter, add directly to the Jandy filter, or some other way?
Thanks for the question Drew
I had a few hot tubs on my route and a few commercial hot tubs as well. Most were sand and none were DE but all had a skimmer. I have given your question to another well seasoned pool guy and I'm awaiting his response. I will forward his answer to you when it's received. And maybe I'll learn something in the process. After 15 years of doing this and there's always something new.
Hi one again Drew. The other pool guy sent his response and here it is in full:
Sounds like a Mickey Mouse job for sure. Eventually they will need to replace that DE filter with a Cartridge filter. But for now the solution is pretty simple. I've done this on a few occasions with pools that had skimmer issues myself so I know it will be fine. Simply have them take the top off the filter and clean the grids. Then when everything is ready to put back together add the D.E. dry directly on the grids. Usually I will try to pile it up on top of the top manifold. Just add the regular amount, then put the lid on and turn on the pool. The water entering the filter will stir up the DE and it will settle evenly on the grids. Don't make it a slush and pour it on or it will clump up in the center and not cover the grids. I've seen the after results when cleaning and the grids get full coverage.
Hope that helps,
Let me know how it turns out for you.