Fresh and Clean
Why You Should Clean Your Pool Filter Regularly
By filter cleaning we are not referring to your regular backwashing and rinse routine, but rather the process of chemically cleaning your filter. Regular attention to your filter will result in better circulation in your pool, effective distribution of chemicals, less opportunity for corrosion and scaling. All in all, the result will be improved water clarity and that’s what pool and spa owners strive for all season long. So remember to give your filter a little TLC this season.
Not sure if your filter needs cleaning?
A few surefire signs, including a cloudy appearance and a rise in pressure, will alert you to the fact that your filter needs some attention. You can see a pressure rise just from debris collecting on the filter, and it becomes more and more difficult for the pump to push the water through the filter.”
What ever sanitization system you use for your pool, it’s important to maintain regular filter cleaning to keep all systems and products performing at their optimum. The point of the filter is to get rid of the particles in the water, so you’re not going to do as good of a job if your filter is all gunked up.
Backwash when the pressure increases 8-10 psi above the starting pressure. For sand filters be aware that backwashing too frequently will reduce the sand filter’s performance, since a sand filter will trap smaller and smaller particles over time.
So how do you best clean your filter?
Every sand filter needs the addition of chemicals to “break down all the oils and greases. A cartridge filter needs to be hosed off, then soaked.” To optimize filter operation, chemically clean the filter twice a season. A clean filter ensures better circulation, which means clearer, cleaner water. And who doesn’t want that?
And while it is true that backwashing and rinsing will eliminate grime that becomes stuck in the filter element, it just isn’t enough (You can backwash on a regular basis, but you also need to chemically clean the filter). Using a filter cleaner such as BAQUACIL D.E. & Cartridge Filter Cleaner or BAQUACIL Sand Filter Cleaner dissolves and unplugs D.E. filter grids and cartridge elements.
Though often overlooked, filter cleaning is a simple pool care procedure that, when performed, yields many benefits. An ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure, so give the filter the care it deserves, and then get ready to make a splash.
**A degreaser/TSP (trisodium phosphate) should not be used for filter cleaning with BaquaSpa or other biguanides.