Pool Cleaning 101 – Cartridge Filters
There are certain factors that can keep you pool water clean and clear. You can sanitize your pool water with the proper mix of chemicals. A properly sized pump and cartridge pool filter will keep it free from visible particles such as dirt and debris. Cleaning your cartridge pool filter can be taxing and time consuming. However, it is well worth the effort knowing that you, your family and friends are enjoying your swimming pool with clean and safe water.
Your filter works hard to keep your pool clear of dirt and debris. Once is filter is dirty, its ability to clear the swimming pool water is impaired and can become less effective. Fortunately, cleaning your cartridge filter usually doesn’t take much time or effort. The key is to do it regularly.
We clean filters the first week of every month, and if you’re servicing your own pool, we recommend doing the same.
Cleaning a cartridge filter is as simple as pulling the cartridge out, spraying on a good degreaser (optional), and hosing out all of the dirt and debris that has collected in it.
Once you have thoroughly cleaned the cartridge, you reinstall it in its housing, start the pump, and release the air-pressure built up from allowing air into the system.
Sounds easy, right? It is. Now here’s why it’s even being mentioned here. Most people DON’T clean their filter on a monthly basis. They look at the filter pressure gauge and say, “still ok…I’ll get it next month.” Before you know it, a few months have passed, and the pool goes green. When the filter is clogged, it reduces the flow rate. Once your flow rate has dropped, you’re basically dealing with stagnant water, and stagnant water is a lot harder to keep clean than filtered water. I promise that once the pool goes green, the clean up will take a lot more time than actually cleaning the filter would have taken you.