Waste setting on a pool filtration system collects water from the swimming pool and transfers it directly to the waste channel without reaching the filter. In most cases, the waste setting drains partially or completely the water from your pool, but on the other hand, it can be used for vacuuming when there are too many contaminants and debris on the floor of the swimming pool. In the case of no waste setting on the pool filter, you will not be able to maintain maximum hygiene of the swimming pool. This problem may lead to pool filter blocking or clogging due to heavy dirt accumulation.
Push-pull valve pool filter utilizes a plunger with double disks on it and a lever at the piston’s top. The only thing you’ll need to do is either pull the lever up or push it down. One of the herculean or daunting tasks involve in pool maintenance is pool filter valve settings. There are six different settings on the filter valve in this stage, which include filter, rinse, backwash, waste, closed and recirculate setting.
Filter: This setting is commonly used when you want to run your pool, especially when you want to filter to waste.
Rinse: The setting does similar work with filter settings but is only used after backwashing.
Backwash: This is the second most active setting on the pool filter. It sanitizes the sand in the filtration system almost immediately after vacuuming the swimming pool.
Waste: The waste setting is used to minimize the swimming pool’s water level when you want to vacuum to waste a dirty swimming pool or notice a heavy accumulation of algae and microscopic particles that won’t get caught by the filter. Vacuuming on waste simply means ejecting debris out of the waste hose to prevent regaining access back into the pool.
Closed: The close setting switch off all water flow channel, and it can be used when you know that you’ll not use your swimming pool for some time or when you want to release trapped debris in your strainer container.
Recirculate: The recirculation setting collects the water through a normal skimmer and sends it through the pump, which will go back straight into the pool through the inlet channel without reaching the filtration system.
How to Vacuum to Waste?
If you encounter an algae problem, you may need to do some pool cleaning routine work, but the problem that seems insurmountable here is if algae is trapped in the filtration system, it can result in continuous filter issues. When this occurs, you can vacuum to waste. By doing this, you are bypassing the filtration system together and blocking algae from bypassing your filter to regain access to your pool. The process involves little tasks, which is stated below:
- Shut off the pump
- Position the multiport flap to the waste setting
- Switch on the pump. By now, all water in your pool would flow to the sewer. This would be a great opportunity for you to check the floor and ensure you don’t have any backups.
- Shut all skimmer lines and leave one
- Close down your main drain to fifty percent
- Reset the vacuum to its normal regular vacuuming
- Un-wrinkle the garden hosepipe and connect it to the same skimmer you put your vacuum pipe to, and then switch on the water.
- Vacuum the swimming pool
- Close the skimmer
- Close the skimmer flap that you recently vacuumed from
- Unleash the main drain flap all the way
- Take the multiport valve back to the filtration system
- Switch on the pump. Now you’re scooping water from the main channel while all your skimmers are shut.
- Completely unleash your skimmer flap (when the pump achieves its prime objective, the main channel valve down to 50 percent halfway).