Residents of Las Vegas are serious about their pool care. As you know there are different types when it comes to a pool filter depending on which one has been chosen and installed in your pool. For this article specifically, we will be talking about the cartridge pool filter. We are going to talk about how to clean a cartridge pool filter.

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What Is a Cartridge Pool Filter?

A cartridge pool filter is usually an oval or square cartridge that is made up of layers of elements designed to trap dirt and keep it from entering your pool. Most filters are found near the pump and the filters are designed to be cleaned and reused multiple times. You will find that you need to replace one or more of the elements in your filter from time to time.

Why Use a Cartridge Pool Filter?

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The biggest reason people use these pool filters is because of the frequency you have to clean it. Unlike other pool filters that may require cleaning multiple times a month, you will be able to be cleaned about four times a year. This does vary depending on where you live and how much you use your pool.

Clean Your Pool Filter

While it is true that you are not going to have to clean a cartridge filter as often as other types of filters, that does not mean you aren’t going to have to clean it and it doesn’t mean it doesn’t take some time. A proper cleaning of your pool filter involves quite a few steps.

  1. Shut off your pool’s pump as well as the power.
  2. Remove any air that is in the system.
  3. Take off the filter clamps.
  4. Remove the filter’s top.
  5. Carefully remove each of the elements of the filter and put them to the side. Make sure you can tell how to put them back together after cleaning. You should also note if there is any damage done to any elements of the filter. Replace any parts that are cracked or torn.
  6. Pick your favorite degreaser and coat all the different elements of your pool filter.
  7. Gently rinse the elements with a hose.
  8. Return the elements in the proper order once they have been cleaned.
  9. While your filter is apart, this is a good time to check the o-ring on the pool filter tank. If it does not look like it is in good condition, you can replace it as well.
  10. Replace the filter and make sure it is secured tightly in place by the clamps.
  11. Turn your system on.
  12. Check your pressure system to make sure it is within normal range so you know you put everything back correctly.
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If you do not feel like doing all of that work, you can always contact a pool professional to take care of it for you so you do not have to go through the hassle. We would be glad to help you in any way you need so give us a call.

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