A clean pool makes for happy swimmers. Pool filters make keeping a pool clean all the easier, but ensuring a filter can do its job isn’t as easy as turning it on and forgetting about it. Let’s go over some facts about pool filters and filter cleaning to help you understand how to better care for your equipment.
How Often Should Pool Filters Be Cleaned?
Pool filters need to be cleaned at least every four months. Dirtier pools may require more frequent filter cleanings to stay on top of things and prevent the growth of algae and harmful bacteria.
How Is a Filter Cleaned?
Properly cleaning a pool filter means disassembly the entire filter and emptying it of any water or debris. After removing the filters from their housing, they need to be rinsed off, cleaned with a detergent and other cleaners, and rinsed again before they can be of use in a pool. For stuck on grime, physical agitation with a brush may be required to knock it loose before being sprayed clean. The housing and other parts will also need cleaning to prevent the growth of algae on the inside of the filter.
What Types of Filters Do We Clean?
We clean both DE filters and cartridge filters. In addition to full cleanings, DE filters must also be backwashed a few times each month to continue operating properly.
What Are the Signs a Filter Needs Cleaning?
Outside of the four-month timeframe, a pool filter might need to be cleaned if you notice problems in its filtration ability. Having lots of standing debris in your pool may be a sign the filter isn’t running properly. Discoloration of the water is also a sign that something is off.