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:
- Completely turn off the filtration system and make sure the pool timer is not set to automatically turn on during your cleaning process.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- After the soak has been completed make sure to hose them off again extremely well to remove the cleaning agent.
- Place cartridges back in the filter, replace the lid and clamp
- Turn on the system and open up air relief valve to remove all excess air.
- 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!