Swimming Pool Filters

Which Pool Filter is right for me?

There are three popular methods of filtration – Sand, Cartridge, and Diatomaceous Earth (D.E).

Sand Filters

In this method, impurities are extracted from the water utilizing sand to collect and attract the debris. Sand filters must be backwashed (running it in reverse) to unload the water waste. This is a manual process that must be performed every few weeks. Learn more.

Cartridge Filters

Cartridge filters have a greater surface area than sand allowing for smaller particles of debris to be trapped and filtered. Cartridge filters are designed to run at lower pressure than sand which puts less backpressure on the pump, providing more flow and turnover. Correctly sized cartridge filters should be cleaned once or twice a season by simply hosing them off. Learn more.

DE Filters

Diatomaceous earth is mined and is the fossilized exoskeletons of tiny diatoms. This method of filtration is the most effective by trapping debris as small as 2 – 5 microns. Once the pressure rises, the filter is backwashed just like a sand filter and then “recharged” with more DE powder. Learn more.

The Pool Filter should run at least 8 to 10 hours per day (24 hours per day is best). Set your pool timer or remember to run the pool manually if you don’t have a timer. If you are not running your pool 24 hours per day, it is best to have it running during the daylight hours (instead of night). Make sure your skimmer baskets are empty and clear of leaves or other debris.