Cleaning Your Swimming Pool Filter
Swim season is just around the corner and along with balanced water chemistry having adequate filtration is also extremely important. One of the biggest changes that need to occur if it hasn’t already is increasing your chlorine levels and your filtration run times. If you aren’t filtering at least 6 – 8 hours a day you should be and this will only increase as the water warms up. But, what about your filters? Are they clean? Have they been inspected for the increased workload they will be under now that there will be more swimmers? That is why we are writing this blog post and we hope to help educate you on the different filters, how to inspect them and why they need to be cleaned.
If you own a residential or commercial swimming pool in the Dallas area now is the time to inspect your filter. Whether you have sand, DE or a cartridge filter now is the time to take it apart and inspect it for issues. When it comes to a sand filter you should first ask the question, how old is the sand? If it is more than 5 years old you will want to inspect it for clumping or deficits. If either of them has occurred you will need to change the sand and the laterals too. Laterals are what allows the water to flow into and out of the sand and prevent sand from entering the pool. If you have sand in the pool chances are you have a cracked lateral.
Next, DE filters need to be taken apart and the grids need to be hosed off at least twice a year. The DE will tend to accumulate on the grids and manifold to the point where they need to be cleaned off. You will also want to inspect the grids for tears and cracks. Typically if DE blows back into the swimming pool chances are one of the grids is torn. At Weber Pools, we recommend changing all of them even if only one is torn.
Finally, a cartridge filter needs to be opened up twice a year and the filters need to be hosed off and cleaned. After this occurs you will also want to soak them in a cleaning solution for 12 – 24 hours to achieve maximum cleaning.
Remember, your swimming pool needs to filter correctly to prevent algae growth. If your filter isn’t clean or working optimally algae growth can occur. If you are unsure of what needs to be done, contact us today to learn more about our weekly pool service and maintenance options in The Dallas Ft. Worth area.