Inground pool filters are extremely valuable to the swimming pool. Pool filters connect to the pool pump and help keep a constant rotation of clean water flowing through your swimming pool. It is important the you keep up with your swimming pool maintenance, especially when it comes to cleaning your pool equipment. Keep reading to learn how to properly clean out inground pool filters.

How to Clean a Pool Cartridge Filter

As stated before, the swimming pool filter helps you keep your swimming pool clean by sorting out dirt and debris that is in your swimming pool. One way to determine whether or not your swimming pool filter needs cleaning is the pressure of the water flowing through it. If you notice that the water pressure is low than that is a good indication that the swimming pool filter needs cleaning. If you miss the first indication that the inground pool filters need cleaning, there is a more obvious telling. If you notice your swimming pool is becoming cloudy or dirty, you should try cleaning out your swimming pool filter first. However, you should keep up with your pool equipment maintenance because no one likes a dirty swimming pool.

Now let’s break down step by step how to properly clean out inground pool filters.

  • First you’ll want to stop the flow of water leading to the pool filter. To do so, just simply turn off the pool pump.
  • Next, you’ll have to relieve the pressure that has built up in the pool filter. To do so, turn the air relief valve until the pressure gauge states 0 psi. Note: water will spray out turning the start of this process.
  • Getting the cartridge filter out is the next step. Unlock the knob on the top of the pool filter to take off the pool filter head.
  • Then lift the pool filter head off the filter. Note: It will be heavy at first because you’ll be breaking the o-ring seal between the two filter parts.
  • From here the actual filter should be exposed, go ahead and just lift the filter out of the base and set it on the lawn.
  • Now you can begin cleaning out the pool filter, simply take a garden hose the the pleaded folds and start at the top of the filter and go down. Continue repeating that step until you get all the dirt and debris off  the pool filter. Note: refrain from using a pressure hose or nozzle as it will damage the filter and you’ll have to replace it.
  • After the pool filter is clean, than place it back in the base and put the top filter head back on. Note: when placing the filter head back on, watch out for the o-ring bulging from the grove, it can become damaged over time if it stretches too far.
  •  Hand tighten the locking knob clockwise. Turn on the power to the pool pump to re-pressurize the pool filter.
  • The relief valve should still be open, as the pressure builds air will be released through the value. Once water starts to spray through close the valve.
  • Lastly, check the pressure gauge and make sure it is between the right numbered psi. Typically the press should read anywhere between 10-15 psi.

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