Pool Filter Cleaning West Palm Beach
Keeping your pool filter clean goes a long way to keep your pool healthy and free from algae. There are three types of pool filter, sand, cartridge, and diatomaceous earth. Which kind you should have depends on the type of pool you have, how much you use your pool and how often you want to change the filter.
Sand is usually in a cylinder, shaped like a propane tank, filled with sand. the pump forces the water through the sand, and it traps the contaminants. This is the least effective type of filter. This traps particles down to 20-24 microns. They have a higher up front cost, but are economical in the long run. They need to be cleaned every six months.
Cartridge filters can be manually cleaned, until the filter itself starts to wear out, then they need to be replaced. Cartridges trap particles down to 10-15 microns. This is an affordable option to begin with, but the replacement cost can add up over time. But it is not recommended if you have very hard water, due to deposit build-up.
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) works just like a combination of sand and cartridge. It has manifolds inside with the DE in the manifolds, trapping contaminants as the water is being pumped through. This is the most effective option. The DE is finer than the grains of sand, so even more contaminants are trapped. This traps particles down to 1-2 microns. However, this is the most expensive to set up and is more expensive to upkeep than the sand. It needs to be taken apart and cleaned every two months.
Now that you know a little more about filters, let's move on to cleaning them. All of them have to be backwashed, that is reversing the flow of water to rinse the filter and wash out the contaminants. It needs to be washed when the pressure gauge is 8-10 psi above the startup pressure.
Sand is the easiest to clean and backwash, due to the lack of parts to deal with. In contrast, the DE are the most complex, and hardest to clean. They should be visually inspected every 6 months for wear and damage, then hosed thoroughly. They also need a full charge of the DE material with every backwash. with the DE, you have to check the manifolds, laterals or cartridges for damage, and the gaskets and O-rings for damage, trapped debris and wear. All filters should be cleaned after every major storm.
Cartridges need to be hosed down and make sure to get the water into the folds. They should also be soaked in a cleaning solution for at least 10 hours to removes oils like sunscreen and lotions. Then the cartridge is thoroughly rinsed.
No matter what kind of filter you have, we will clean it correctly. Spend your time relaxing in your pool, instead of cleaning it. We offer a pool filter cleaning service, in addition to our weekly maintenance, or it can be purchased separately. No matter which service you choose, we will keep your pool crystal clear.