by Jane Noble
Oct. 08, 2016
I am a pool owner. I look after my pool myself, brushing the walls regularly, checking the water, adjusting the chemicals and my favorite job, skimming the leaves. And I not being sarcastic. I find that part of the maintenance routine quite relaxing and meditative. But when it comes to cleaning the filter, I seem to have a mental blockage. Obviously, partly because it’s a messy job and I don’t like doing it, but also because I am never sure when to do it. After researching for this article, I realize there is a very simple way of knowing exactly when it’s time. Cleaning the filter is not a job that may, or may not need doing, depending on certain factors. It has to be cleaned at the very least once a year.
Proper chemical balance
Adequate daily circulation
A dirty filter will have the most dramatic effect on circulation. Every day, as water passes through the filter, millions of tiny particles cling to the filtration elements which inevitably build up and start to clog. This makes it difficult for the water to pass through. You can circulate your water for 12 hours a day, but if the filter is dirty, you won’t get the results you are looking for and your water may start looking cloudy with hint of green. You will also find that your pool vacuum slows down.
In an ideal world, you would have made a record of the reading on your pressure gauge when the filter was installed in order to know the normal operating pressure of your pool. But if you didn’t or couldn’t, make a note of the pressure after the filter has been cleaned. When the pressure rises 10 psi over normal, then it is time to clean the filter.
Once you have cleaned the filter a few times, you will have a better idea of how often it needs to be done/ The best approach is to just put it in your calendar and set up a reminder. Put it in a month before the actual due date to allow yourself some solid procrastination time.