Pool filter cartridge cleaning is something that can be done by almost any pool owner with a bit of basic information and some elbow grease. The time between cleaning varies on usage, size of salt water pool and make or model of the cartridge filter. Proper filtration is one of the keys to having sparkling, crystal clear pool water.
A salt water pool system combined with a clean functioning filter will produce unmatched water quality that will be sure to impress your friends and neighbours. If you want more information about cleaning your salt water pool cell read be sure to read our salt water pool cell page.
An indicator that your cartridge filter needs to be cleaned
is that your pool water isn’t as clear as it should be. If your cartridge
filter is equipped with a pressure gauge you should clean your filter when the
pressure rises 10 lbs above the original starting pressure. This rise in
pressure is due to debris blocking the normal flow of water that means your
filter will not be working optimally.
It’s important that cartridge filter systems are not backwashed like sand or diatomaceous earth filters. The paper filters that are found inside the filter are quite sensitive and a backwash will actually damage them. The papers will need to be removed and cleaned much like a vacuum filter needs to be cleaned occasionally.
Precise pool filter cartridge cleaning will vary with different makes and models but a good basic guideline is as follows.
Regular cleaning will ensure your pool remains clean at all times and will extend the life of your filters. Filters should be replaced every 3-4 years depending on usage. A larger filter will generally need to be cleaned and replaced more often and vice versa for a smaller filter.
If you need to replace your cartridges, use the make and model that should be located on a sticker on the top or side of your filter. If it's not legible or not attached to the filter you can measure the cartridge. Measurements should be taken for the length (top to bottom) of the cartridge and the diameter (outside edges).
After a few times cleaning your cartridge filter it will become second nature. Pool filter cartridge cleaning is something that can be done by any pool owner on your own and will prevent having to call out a pool professional.
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