Why It's Important to Maintain Your Pool Filter

Why It’s Important to Maintain Your Pool Filter

July 15, 2021

The filter is an essential part of your pool that helps keep it free from debris and other contaminants. Basically, if you want your pool to be a healthy environment, you need to keep the pool filter cleaned and well maintained. A clean pool filter also makes things much easier on the rest of your pool equipment, thus increasing energy efficiency.

It’s important to not put off filter maintenance, as this could greatly affect your entire pool. Read on to learn more about pool filter maintenance and why it’s so critical.

Pool filter maintenance

Proper pool filter maintenance is usually easy and important to do at least once a month. The maintenance process can greatly depend on the type of pool filter you have. With cartridge pool filters, you’ll first have to turn off the pump and remove the filter. Then, you’ll want to wash away any dirt and other debris before putting the filter back in place. Sometimes, people use filter cleaners for an even deeper clean.

Sand filters are also quite easy to clean and only require a bit of backwashing. Most sand filter pumps feature a “backwash mode” that you’d simply need to switch on. Be sure to open your drainage pipe after putting the pump in backwash mode. Your sand filter must be correctly installed for this to work properly.

Diatomaceous earth filters, or DE filters, require that you pour DE powder into the system before turning on backwash mode.

When to clean your pool filter

As mentioned above, it’s usually best to clean your pool filter once a month. However, this frequency can vary depending on the size of your pool filter and your use habits. If you have a large pool filter, it may only require cleaning four times a year. That said, larger filters should be cleaned by professionals. Smaller pool filters, on the other hand, may require cleaning more than once a month. Consider asking a pool technician in your area how often your filter should be cleaned. Some companies even offer pool maintenance service, which may include filter cleaning.

When to replace your pool filter

This can depend on what type of pool filter you have. For the most part, cartridge pool filters can last around five years. That said, if you notice you’re having to clean the cartridge filter more frequently, it could need a replacement. Sand filters, meanwhile, usually last around six to seven years. Provide your pool filters with proper maintenance to ensure they last as long as possible. It’s also important to only purchase your pool filter from a company that offers quality products at fair prices.

No one wants to swim in a pool full of dirt and debris. Not only is it gross, but you could end up getting sick. That’s why it’s important to take good care of your pool’s filtration system. If you’re looking to save some time and energy on the pool filter maintenance process, consider contacting a pool maintenance expert at A-1 Pools & Spas. Reach out for all your pool maintenance and construction needs!

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