Pool Filtration Tips and Tricks
Some of the most common questions new pool owners have are about water filtration. There are 3 basic types of filters: sand, cartridge, and diatomaceous earth, or D.E. No matter what type of filter you own, the basics of pool water filtration are similar.
Pool water should be circulated at least 6 to 8 hours day. This should occur during peak sunlight hours to help prevent algae growth. A common misconception is that you only need to run your filter for an hour or two a day depending on your size pool. Even though this amount of time will filter your water completely, this also increases the amount of time your water sits stagnant if your pool is not in use. Stagnant water always increases your chance of growing algae. You should also run your filter for at least 2 hours after adding any chemicals to the water. This will ensure your chemicals get fully dispersed throughout your pool.
You also want to make sure you are flushing out your filter as needed. Depending on which filter you own, each has a different method of flushing out all the debris that the filter has collected over time. Each of these methods will be covered in more detail in another blog post.
No matter which filter you own, it is important that you do this process only as needed. Backwashing or rinsing your filter too often can cause it to wear out prematurely. The best way to tell if your filter needs to be flushed is by your pressure gauge. Starting pressure should always start around 10 PSI. When the gauge reads 18 to 20 PSI it is time to flush your filter. This will help your filter efficiency as well as prolong its life.
Finally, we get questions about winterizing your filter. Your filter should be disconnected from your pool when closing. The best way to store it is separate from the pump in a temperature-controlled environment. Detaching your pump from the filter will help both pieces air out and dry quickly, minimizing the chance of freezing or cracking. If you are unable to keep your filter in a temperature controlled environment you should disconnect the lid or multiport valve as well and keep it wrapped in an insulated blanket.
Following these simple hints will help make your pool ownership easier and more rewarding. If you have any other questions feel free to stop into one of our stores, call us at 732-955-8288, or hit us up on our web chat down below. We are always ready to answer your pool care questions. Have a great summer!!
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