Tips for Maintaining Your Pool Filter
Having a backyard swimming pool can be a wonderful feature of your yard. However, pools and their pump filters do require some maintenance to help the water stay clean and safe for you to swim in. Here are some basic tips to help keep your pump filter working properly and the water looking crystal clear.
Why Should You Clean Your Pool Pump Filter?
Pool water can quickly turn cloudy and possibly become unsafe if it lacks regular and proper cleaning. You can start by removing debris from the water and skimmer basket, vacuuming your pool and adjusting the chemicals accordingly, says This Old House. You should be able to easily see a coin sitting on the bottom of your pool, says HGTV.
Your pool’s pump filter also plays a big part in keeping your pool water clean, as it removes debris and contaminants from the water — including bacteria that the chlorine or other sanitizers have killed, says Swim University. Cleaning your filter regularly can help keep the water clean and safe.
How Often Should You Clean the Filter?
For optimal water quality, consider a regular cleaning routine for your pool, says HGTV. This routine should include checking and cleaning the pool pump filter.
Remember, the frequency of cleaning may vary depending on the conditions surrounding your pool. For example, if your pool is located in a wooded area, full of leaves and other debris, it may need daily maintenance. Reach out to a professional if you’re unsure how often you should clean your pool.
What Type of Filter Do You Have?
Cleaning out your pool pump filter can help keep your water clean and prevent the filter from clogging and potentially burning out the pool pump. There are three primary types of pump filters, and each type requires a different maintenance routine. Below are some general guidelines from Swim University, but you should always defer to the directions in your owner’s manual. If you’re uncomfortable conducting any of the maintenance yourself, contact a professional.
Cleaning a cartridge filter is fairly simple. Basically, you remove the cartridge and hose off any visible dirt. If it is especially dirty, you may want to use a chemical filter cleaner.
Diatomaceous Earth Filter
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) filters can be cleaned with a filter cleaner or by turning the filter to “backwash,” which changes the flow of water. You can use a hose to rinse off the manifold and filter grids. (The manifold houses the filter grids, which catch the debris as the water passes through.) Then follow the appropriate process for adding DE powder, which is a clay-like substance that filters the water.
For regular cleanings, you can backwash a sand filter to remove debris. You’ll also need to use a chemical cleaner on your sand filter at least once a year.
DE and cartridge systems tend to save water and clean more efficiently than a sand filter, so you may want to consider replacing your sand filter, says This Old House.
Backyard swimming pools can be a great spot to help make good memories with your family and friends. With the proper pool pump filter maintenance, you may be able to enjoy your pool and the sunshine for years to come.
Originally posted on June 14, 2016.