Maintaining a swimming pool will involve replacing the pool filter cartridges. The average lifespan of a residential pool filter cartridge is usually three to five years, but the life of these filter cartridges may differ depending on a variety of factors, such as backyard environment, usage, and maintenance quality. The following tips provide tips for extending the life of pool filter cartridges.
A Clean Cartridge
It is simple to neglect that causes cartridges to need replacement early. Clean the filter cartridges on a regular schedule and record the pressure on the filter pressure gauge after each cleaning. If the pressure rises by 8 – 10 psi between cleanings, clean the cartridges again.
Cleaning Cartridges without Causing Damage
Don’t use a pressure washer or stiff brushes when cleaning cartridges. A spray nozzle set on the jet setting on a normal garden hose should be used to clean the cartridges.
By alternating two sets of cartridges in each cleaning, you can prolong the life of your filter cartridges. Cleaning dirty cartridges immediately after swapping them out with clean ones is important, as they should remain dry for as long as possible until the next time you use them.
When the pool water takes longer to clean, it is time to change the filter cartridge. At this point, the water is almost completely filtered, and it is possible that the filter housing is already blocked. Your pool filter cartridge can also be replaced using a water pressure gauge if the disposable parts need to be replaced. Water had a hard time flowing through the filter housing due to the loss of pressure at the pool pump outlet.
Swimming Pools with Balanced Water
Maintain a properly balanced chemistry in the pool water. Unbalanced pool water can damage filter cartridges and cause chemicals to build up, resulting in clogged cartridges and premature wear. Algae can also clog the cartridges and cause unnecessary damage.
In addition to causing a variety of pool problems, neglected filter cartridges can also be very costly to replace. Properly maintaining a pool filter is a must for all residential swimming pools. Adding these filter maintenance tips to your pool maintenance routine can help your pool filter last as long as possible.
There is more surface area covered by a cartridge filter than by a sand filter. Thus, it is much more difficult to clog and requires far less maintenance. With a filter cartridge, you can control the flow of water with low water pressure, unlike a sand filter that needs high pressure to do its job. As a result, your pool pump lasts longer, and the pool system as a whole function better.
Particles between 5 and 10 microns can be captured by pool filter cartridges. Approximately half the size of what a sand filter is able to capture and hold. It is possible to catch the tiniest particles with diatomaceous earth, but this can be achieved by using flocculants or flocking agents in a pool filter cartridge. In this case, the particles join to make a larger one.