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How Often Should You Clean Your Pool Filter?

A backyard pool can turn any property into an oasis. While these spaces are great for entertaining and cooling off, they can’t function without a filter. Your filter is the heart and soul of your pool but it often does not get the attention that it deserves. In addition to trapping debris, pool filters help to keep contaminants at bay, maintaining cleanliness and condition. When you want to keep a crystal clear water feature, Puddle Pools can help. 

Take That Clean and Make It Routine 

Whether you like it or not, there is always debris floating along the surface of your pool. Skimming pool water as it becomes cluttered might mean a better visual but it does not necessarily mean clean. The key to keeping water features truly clean are functional filtration systems. These systems trap solid debris such as tiny insects, food particles and plant debris. When working with balanced chemicals and sanitizers, filters can help to prevent the growth of algae, keeping pools in great shape and protecting against bacteria that may lead to skin irritations or illness. 

Like anything, pool filters are subject to regular wear and tear but neglecting proper maintenance can accelerate deterioration, leading to expensive repairs and replacements. A clogged filter is not effective and can limit circulation. If a pool filter is blocked, it does not take long for water to become cloudy, poor quality or, for algae and bacteria to form. An efficient filtration system helps to disperse chemicals throughout water, keeping things clear and sanitary. 

Understanding Your System 

When it comes to caring for your pool filter, it is important to know exactly what you are dealing with. The two most common types of pool filter are cartridge filters and sand filters. Each of these has its own unique advantages and which one you use will be based on pool volume and capacity, as well as your budget. 

A sand filter requires weekly backwashing and a special filter cleaning every season. Whether it is time to backwash will be based on a pressure gauge. The more debris in your system, the higher the pressure will be. For properties in rural areas, this means care should even more frequent. 

A cartridge filter can require cleanings anywhere from weekly to monthly and everything in-between. Depending on the size of your pool and the rate of use, some pools might require more regular care than others. While these filters do not require weekly backwashing, they must be disassembled for cleaning. 

No one knows pools like Puddle Pool Services. There is no downplaying the importance of regular pool cleaning but it can be difficult to keep on top of the needs of your water feature. Whether dealing with a backyard pool or commercial space, call today to keep your system in great shape.