Just imagine yourself on a hot summer day dipping in the pool. The sun is up and reflects on your swimming pool. The pool water seems like a mirror as it is so clear and clean. The reality is that you have earned the right to sit back and relax because you have earned it. You have earned the right because you have been diligent with proper maintenance of your pool. You make sure that pool water temperature is always right a comfortable levels. More importantly, you make sure that your pool water is free from impurities, bacteria, dirt and debris.
There are certain factors that can keep you pool water clean and clear. You can sanitize your pool water with the proper mix of chemicals. A properly sized pump and cartridge pool filter will keep it free from visible particles such as dirt and debris. Cleaning your cartridge pool filter can be taxing and time consuming. However, it is well worth the effort knowing that you, your family and friends are enjoying your swimming pool with clean and safe water.
Why did I mention cartridge pool filter?
There are other options like sand filter and diatomaceous earth filters. A cartridge pool filter can do the job of filtering unwanted particles at low cost and minimal maintenance. It can last up to one full season before it requires cleaning. At the most, cleaning can be done twice in a season. In terms of particle size filtered, a cartridge pool filter can catch smaller particles than a sand filter. While a diatomaceous earth (DE) filter can catch finer and smaller particles, a cartridge pool filter can catch just about the same particle size by adding some diatomaceous earth (DE) powder in to the cartridge or adding flocculants to the pool water.
Cleaning a cartridge pool filter is easy. Besides doing it once or twice in a season, there are three simple steps to follow in cleaning a cartridge pool filter.
Once you have taken out the cartridge from the pool line, you may replace it with an extra or backup cartridge to ensure that you have uninterrupted enjoyment of your pool. The first step is rinse loose particles. This should be done gently without applying too much pressure on your filter. A garden hose will suffice as you would not want to force dirt deeper into the filter. This takes a spray nozzle out of the picture. In this first step, what needs to be done is to simply get loose particles off the filter.
When all loose particles are gone, the cartridge pool filter has to be soaked in a filter cleaning solution. This would be the second step. Using aggressive chemicals such as acids is not recommended as it can damage the filter. A good filter cleaner can remove dirt and oils without actually damaging the filter. It also helps prevent dirt from sticking to the filter in the future.
Lastly, the cartridge should be rinsed thoroughly to take out the filter cleaning chemical. There could possibly be remnants of debris or dirt that can be washed away by this final step of rinsing pool maintenance.