Having a pool is so much fun! However, it needs maintenance. Pool filters, if not cleaned, can cause the water to get discolored, dirty and mucky. Below is a step-by-step guide to help you clean filters in the pools Arizona and be worry free!
If you have a pool, you will have a filter. Filter type will depend on the type of pool, how often your pool is used, and how often the filter is cleaned. Below are three types of pool filters and a guide to clean them:
Cleaning the Cartridge Filters
A Cartridge filter works great with an above ground pool. It has a large filtration area and it removes dirt particles below 20 microns. It saves more water. The filter media is easy to clean.
Maintenance costs, though, can get high and cartridges need replacement once in every few years. The filter media might need cleaning twice a year depending on how often the pools Arizona are used.
To clean these filters, turn the system off and turn on the air relief valve for air to escape. Now, remove the clamps securing the filter and the filter lid. Also, remove any clamp that holds the cartridge inside and take the cartridge out. Use a hose to wash the dirt between the cartridge pleats and secure the cartridge back in the tank, latching all the open clamps.
Cleaning the Sand Filters
This filter uses sand to filter particles above 20 microns. It works well with both in-ground and above ground pools. It is also low on maintenance costs. The sand needs to be replaced every 5 to 8 years.
The filter is cleaned by the backwashing process however, wasting more water. Its filtering ability is not as good as a Cartridge filter.
You need to follow a similar process for cleaning these filters, except that they have a backwash hose as well for cleaning. After turning off the system, secure the backwash hose to the filter water outlet and turn the backwash valve to the backwash indicator. Now, turn on the system, keep it on for 3 to 5 minutes, and then turn it off. After cleaning, turn off the pump and keep it off for a minimum of 8 hours. Also, repeat the backwash process to clean out the dirt removed by the sand filter cleaner.
Cleaning the Diatomaceous Earth (DE) Filters
DE Filters use a powder of fossilized aquatic organisms called diatoms. They are the most expensive filters of all three and also higher on maintenance. However, they most effectively remove dirt particles as low as 5 microns. DE filters work well with in-ground pools and a few above ground pools. But they are not suitable for pop-up pools.
To clean them, turn off the system and the backwash valve to the backwash position. Next, you should turn on the system and let it run for 5 minutes. Turning the system off again, open the air relief valve and take out the drain plug and let water drain.
Afterward, put back the grids and secure the manifold in the filter, detach the strainer basket lid and allow the basket to fill with water. Secure the filter lid tightly with the bolts and clamps. Setting the air relief valve on, turn on the pump and close the air relief valve once water starts coming out. In a separate container, mix the required amount of DE with water to make a creamy paste. With the pump running, pour this paste in the filter’s skimmer basket. Lastly, run the pump for at least 30 minutes for the mixture to evenly coat the filter grids.
This entire cleaning process may be overwhelming and daunting for you. The key is to hire the experts of pools Arizona to look after these issues with expertise.