Whether your in-ground pool uses a sand filtration system, diatomaceous earth (D.E.), or a cartridge system, at some point, you’re going to have to swap out the filter. The trick is to know whether your filter needs a good cleaning or if it’s time to replace it altogether. It’s always a good idea to call a pool pro to schedule an inspection when in doubt.
Don’t Let A Bad Filter Ruin Your Summer Of Fun
The purpose of a pool filtration system is simple: it helps keep the pool clean from visible debris and dirt. This enables the chemicals to do their job of destroying bacteria and keeping algae and other contaminants at bay.
A properly functioning system is the first step to maintaining a safe and sparkling clean fun zone during the swimming season.
Maintaining A Traditional Sand Filter
Sand systems are the oldest and a widespread type of pool filter. They are straightforward and inexpensive to operate, and the sand only needs to be replaced every 5-7 years, so long as the filter is regularly backwashed.
Backwashing is a process that reverses the flow of water through the media (sand) to remove and flush out trapped dirt and debris. Check your manual or consult a pool cleaning professional to determine how frequently you need to perform this necessary task.
When To Replace Your Sand Or Sand Filter
- The Sand Is Gunky Or Oily
- The Filter Tank Is Leaking
- Your Filter Leaks Sand Into The Pool
- The Multiport Handle Is Broken
- High-Pressure Readings
D.E. Filter Maintenance
D.E. filters resemble sand systems, except for the medium used. Diatomaceous earth is a natural type of sand composed of fossilized algae called diatoms. D.E. provides a superior level of filtration but is also more expensive and a bit more finicky in terms of required maintenance.
Like sand filters, those using D.E. should be backwashed and cleaned regularly.
Signs Your D.E. Filtration System Needs Repair Or Replacing
- Consistent High-Pressure Readings
- D.E. Leaks Into The Pool
- Leaking Valves
- Leaking Drain Plugs
- Leaking Air Bleeder
- O-Ring Won’t Stay Sealed
What About Cartridges?
Small pools and hot tubs often employ a filter cartridge system. These are less expensive than sand and D.E. systems but also less effective. Cartridges require frequent cleaning — at least once a week — to keep them from getting clogged with dirt and debris.
When To Replace Filter Cartridges
- High-Pressure Readings
- Torn Or Frayed Fabric
- Broken or Cracked End Caps
- Collapsing Cartridge Core
- Filthy Appearance Won’t Wash Clean
Say Goodbye To Filter Frustration
Keeping up with your Las Vegas area pool is a tedious task. Wouldn’t you rather relax on a floatie or kick back poolside with a cold drink in hand instead of spending all that time inspecting and backwashing your filtration system?
Frustration-free pool maintenance is our specialty. Call our pros at Oasis Pool Maintenance today to find out more.