Inground swimming pool filters
With such a large selection of swimming pool filters now increasing in number and prices, it makes it more difficult in knowing which filter is best for your pool. Universal Pool and Spa is here to break it down in simple terms to make your selection process a little easier.
What swimming pool owner doesn’t want crystal clear water for their pool? With larger, deeper pools, absolute clarity can be an issue. No one wants cloudy water in their swimming pool. If your pool is surrounded by gardens or trees then you can be assured that a certain amount of foliage will end up in your pool. Swimming pool filters are an essential item when it comes to your pool.
Swimming pool sand filters are just one of several types of filters you can use to keep undesirable substances out of your swimming pool water. This particular swimming pool filteration material is a simple and popular way to filter water. They are simple, effective and require very little attention. How do swimming pool sand filters work? Pool water is routed through a sand-filled pressure vessel, over time dirt accumulates in the space between the sand particles, causing the pressure in the vessel to rise as water finds it harder to pass through. This signals you to “backwash” the filter. Simply reverse the water flow and “knock out” the dirt. Sand filters can help you reduce your pools TDS or incidence of dissolved and solid substances.
Another common swimming pool filter is the cartridge filter. The cartridge filter is popular for most spas and smaller pools. The cartridge filter element can be compared to the pleated air filter in your car. It traps dirt and particles of 25-100 microns in size. When the pressure gauge rises 8 to 10 lbs. above its clean reading, the cartridge should be removed from the tank and hosed down thoroughly from top to bottom with a high pressure hose, to remove the dirt. Do be careful though, too much water pressure can damage the cartridge. The cartridge should be replaced every 3-5 years, depending on the condition of your pool. Smaller filters may only last up to a year if your pool gets a lot of debris and algae. Larger cartridge filters can last more than 5 years and operate for 6 months between cleaning. But keep in mind that the older the filter, the less amount of time between cleanings.
The diatomaceous earth pool filter is known as the most efficient swimming pool filter on the market. This filter is capable of trapping particles down to 3-5 microns. Like most filters, the diatomaceous pool filter uses a pressure gauge to indicate when backwashing is needed. After backwashing a diatomaceous filter, a new application of filter powder is added to the filter by pouring it into the skimmer. It is necessary to break down the filter to thoroughly clean its grids once a year. The D.E. powder is what filters your swimming pool in a diatomaceous earth filter. Always make sure that the D.E. powder coats the grids before operating your pump, or you will see your pressure rise very quickly, and the grids can become damaged if left in this manner. Also, always be cautious not to pump D.E. waste water into streams or anywhere that aquatic animals reside, as it can choke small aquatic life. Your city may have discharge regulations for D.E. powder.
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