The Steps To Clean A Cartridge Filter

 

Dirty cartridge filters

Are you the owner of a swimming pool? Do you happen to have a cartridge filter? Is the pressure reaching the cleaning stage (otherwise known as dirty)? Have you ever cleaned them yourself? At Weber Pools, we know cartridge filters are popular but it’s important to know that when the gauge reaches “dirty” that you properly clean them!

How To Clean A Cartridge Filter

We know that as a swimming pool owner, you have a choice when it comes to purchasing a filter for your swimming pool. In the end, you can either choose sand, cartridge, or DE. There are numerous benefits to each but in the end, they are all unique and offer differences that should come into your decision. One advantage of having a cartridge filter is the lack of continuous maintenance it requires. Unlike a sand filter that needs to be backwashed regularly, a cartridge filter only needs to be cleaned a few times per year. When a cartridge filter needs to be cleaned, it can, however, be a tedious process but we want to help. So, if your pressure gauge is 8-12PSI above the starting pressure it’s now time to begin the process. At Weber Pools, we not only offer weekly service but this service also and wanted to give you the step by step process for those that want to do it at home. Please keep in mind, cartridge filters are great for those that are water conscious but to keep it functioning properly you must keep it clean when that pressure gauge rises!

The following are the steps to clean the filter:

  1. Completely turn off the filtration system and make sure the pool timer is not set to automatically turn on during your cleaning process.
  2. Slowly bleed the air from the filter by turning the air relief valve. You can typically find this valve on the top of your filter.
  3. Remove the tension clamp that holds the filter together. Each brand may have their own release mechanism, so make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and have the proper tools to do it.
  4. There may be some part holding these cartridges in place. If this mechanism is present, it needs to be removed before taking your cartridge filters out and stored in a safe and dry place.
  5. Carefully and slowly remove all the cartridge filters and set them aside. It is important to inspect each cartridge for cracks, tears or other any other visual damage. If damage has occurred you will need to replace it as soon as possible.
  6. Use a garden hose to rinse debris from between the pleats. Make sure to run the water and clean the inside of the filter, as well.
  7. After they have been rinsed out you will need a large bucket or trash can for the next step. This step will help to remove lotions, oils, and sunscreen. You will need to soak them in a filter cleaner or detergent. This process should take about 8-10 hours. If you use a detergent only use 1 cup for every 5 gallons of water. Do not use more than what is recommended. This is one of those instances where more isn’t better!
  8. After the soak has been completed make sure to hose them off again extremely well to remove the cleaning agent.
  9. Place cartridges back in the filter, replace the lid and clamp
  10. Turn on the system and open up air relief valve to remove all excess air.
  11. Take note of new filter pressure and set clean and dirty numbers to help remind you when it’s time to do this process again.

As a weekly service and maintenance company this is a service that we proudly offer but wanted to provide you with all the steps necessary if you care to do it yourself. If you should have any questions about your filter, please contact us today!

Phosphates In Pool Water Can Be Challenging!

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What Are The Challenges With Phosphates In Your Pool?

Phosphates are a challenge and can be a nightmare in your swimming pool especially if you don’t what they are and how to deal with them. You can’t physically see them, but as their levels increase in the swimming pool the water could turn green! This is where the problem is because even though you have adequate to high amounts of chlorine in the swimming pool algae can and will grow. Phosphates (also denoted as PO4) are known nutrients to help increase plant growth rates such as in algae. However, there are several debates (and confusion) regarding phosphates in pool water. Simply put, phosphates are food for algae and when levels increase maintaining a blue and clear pool is tough. Now that we are well into summer and have had many storms with wind…. chances are phosphate levels have increased in your swimming pool.

Do you have a lot of trees in your backyard or struggle with lots of debris in your pool? If so, this is probably your best sign that phosphates might be an issue!

One of the biggest challenges with phosphates is in specific environments they are constantly being introduced into your swimming pool water. They can be found in vegetation, fill/tap water, lawn and garden fertilizers and potentially in other pool chemicals as well that you use. With that said, phosphates can enter into your swimming pool in the following ways:

  • When water is added to the pool by either you or the automatic leveler
  • A constant wind that blows dirt and other vegetation into the pool, which does happen in the Dallas area!
  • Sprinkler fun off from your lawn or landscaping/dirt gets into your pool.
  • Certain chemicals that contain phosphorous to help clean your pool

How Do You Remove Phosphates From The Pool?

First off, is your chlorine levels high? Is your pool turning green or are you developing algae blooms? This is your number one sign that phosphates might be present. Next, have you tested your levels? You can either do this at home with a phosphate test kit or take a water sample into a pool store. If your levels are high, you will need to remove them and this can be done a couple of different ways. Please keep in mind, you can also be pro-active in removing dirt, debris, and vegetation from the pool as soon as possible instead of allowing it to sit on the surface or bottom of the pool. That will definitely help in the future but to remove them you can purchase a phosphate remover. This can be extremely effective if used following the directions based on the size of your pool. Many people think more is better but this is definitely not the case with phosphate removers.

Finally, phosphates can also be removed using our Reverse Osmosis (RO) Mobile Filtration Trailer (Puripool). This type of filtration will lower Calcium Hardness, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), CYA, phosphates, waterborne diseases, salts, and so much more from your swimming pool without draining the swimming pool. It will conserve up to 85% of the water in your swimming pool which means this service can be performed 365 days a year. This service will not only remove the phosphates but give you the best water quality to swim in. In conclusion, we recommend testing regularly for phosphates especially if you’re in an area with heavy vegetation and being mindful to lower the levels as soon as possible to prevent algae growth. If you have any other questions about phosphates or how we can help you, contact us today!

High Calcium Hardness, TDS, or Cyanuric Acid? No Problem!

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Calcium Hardness, TDS and CYA levels are important to manage in your swimming pool!

When it comes to owning a swimming pool other than keeping it clean and monitoring water chemistry, familiarizing yourself with Calcium Hardness, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), and Cyanuric Acid (CYA) should be a priority. Since our tap water is hard and loaded with calcium, magnesium and other hardness minerals it will cause Calcium Hardness levels and TDS to rise. If you use liquid chlorine in your swimming pool that will cause TDS to rise and if you happen to use chlorine tabs that will cause your CYA levels in your swimming pool to increase. Any and all of these issues can make owning a swimming pool more challenging and that’s why at Weber Pools we want to educate you on what you should do when any of them get higher than what is recommended.

The following are normal swimming pool industry standard levels:

Calcium Hardness: 200-400ppm

Total Dissolved Solids: less than 3000ppm

Cyanuric Acid: 30-50ppm

Please note, if you own a saltwater swimming pool the TDS and CYA will be higher!

So, what happens when any of the above levels get higher than what is recommended? Most pool professionals will recommend a drain and refill which will definitely lower the levels but might cause other problems for you. If you own a fiberglass or vinyl liner swimming pool we don’t recommend it and ultimately since our water is hard in the Oklahoma and Texas area, we recommend recycling the pool water instead!

Weber Pools proudly offers The Puripool Process which is an alternative to a drain and refill. This service tackles hard water and prevents you from needing to drain your swimming pool. Since this service is mobile, it comes to your residential or commercial swimming pool and recycles the water onsite. It uses Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration to lower Calcium Hardness, TDS, CYA, phosphates, salts, and waterborne diseases without draining the swimming the swimming pool. This means no downtime and serious water conservation!

In the end, draining a swimming pool is extremely dangerous and a huge waste of water. Using our system will give you, your family and all bathers in a swimming pool the best water quality to swim in. The water will not only look better but it will feel better too! To learn more about this service, why it’s the smarter decision and to book an appointment today, contact us!

Weekly Pool Service, The Best Investment For Your Pool!

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An Investment In Your Swimming Pool

As a residential or commercial swimming pool owner, how do you take care and manage your swimming pool? Are you willing to check the water chemistry regularly, skim the debris out daily if necessary and do all the other things necessary to make your swimming pool look great? We recently had conversations with a variety of swimming pool owners who state, “The vacuum won’t stay on for more than 20 minutes, the motor clogs up, so I go in with a screwdriver to make it turn again…. and the dirt/ just won’t clear up all the way. I’m having to backwash it every day for about 2 minutes. I truly regret getting a pool! I feel so bad because my 7-year old boy really wants to swim and I just can’t get the pool right!” After this conversation, we found out he does have a pool service and quickly fired them!

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Let’s be honest, taking care of a swimming pool isn’t as easy as it looks. Anytime you have a large body of water, extremely hot temperatures (the pool water is over 90 degrees) it becomes more and more of a challenge. Not to mention, dirt, debris, and everything else add up to making a swimming pool a nightmare for most people. But at Weber Pools, we want to make owning a swimming pool much easier on you and that’s why our weekly pool service and maintenance program is the best! The bottom line is, no matter how proud you are, if you have no clue how to take care of a swimming pool, you shouldn’t. To be honest, it’s not easy especially when things go wrong and the water temperature is above 90 degrees.

So, let us ask you a few questions….

  1. Do you know how much chlorine to add to a 20,000-gallon swimming pool to raise it from 1ppm to 5ppm?
  2. Do you know how much acid to add to a swimming pool with a pH of 8.2 and you need to lower it to 7.6?
  3. Do you know how to check for phosphates in your swimming pool?
  4. Do you know what to do when your Cyanuric Acid levels are above 100ppm?
  5. Are you willing to skim your pool regularly?
  6. Are you willing to vacuum it from time to time?
  7. Are you willing to brush the water tile line and interior finish of the swimming pool to prevent buildup?
  8. Do you know what to do when calcium starts to scale your tile and water features?
  9. Do you know how to backwash and when to do it?
  10. Do you know what to do when your plumbing is leaking?

If any of the above overwhelms you, then you need to hire a reputable weekly service and maintenance company that can help make owning a swimming pool easy. At Weber Pools, we offer weekly pool service and maintenance for both residential and commercial swimming pools. We also offer The Puripool Process which can help with calcium scaling too. 

We would love to talk to you about your pool needs, offer you real solutions to meet those needs, while also saving you money. As pools become more advanced and technology-driven, the days of the old pool guy who showed up in flip flops and muscle shirts will be over. We believe we are a cut above most pool companies because we stay informed and educated about our industry. This is an important part of the Weber difference.