Inground Pool Filter Differences
If you are seeking for valuable advice on the best choice for your in-ground pool, then Aloha Pool Services is your best option. We have amassed a massive experience with different categories of in-ground swimming pool filters and will be more than glad to come to your aid in making that critical decision on what filter suits your pool.
Determining an In-ground Pool Filter that Works Best
Most people find it very confusing determining the correct filter for their swimming pools. A quick elaboration on the three major categories can shed a little light on the subject:
1. Cartridge Pool Filters
The cartridge pool filter is has established a reputation as one of the most cost-effective filters that requires minimal maintenance. Water flows past the filter component, which captures debris, dirt and particles with sizes ranging between 25microns to 100 microns. This category of filters, particularly those of a large size, offer large areas for filtration and don’t require regular cleaning as they don’t clog as rapidly as its counterparts. They can optimally function at lower pressure and normally require cleaning if the pressure gauge readings increase between 8lbs to 10lbs over its clean pressure reading. Typically, they only need to be cleaned one or two times per season depending on factors such as the frequency of using your pool and other specific factors relating to your pool. Cleaning of the cartridge entails the removal of the cartridge from the filter and spraying them with water at high pressure before placing them back, clean, to the filter assembly. Depending on the use, the job it is required to undertake and its care, replacement of cartridge filters can vary from every two to five years.
2. Sand Filters
Their main advantage is that they require minimum maintenance throughout their service life as compared to all the other types. In this type, water flows past a sand bed filter and collected by an assembly of tubes at the bottom. Key to note is that sand filters should be back washed if the gauge gives values ranging from 8lbs to 10lbs higher than its clean gauge reading. Back washing entails running the water in reverse through the filter to flush out the debris and dirt. Replacement of sand is generally done after a period of roughly 7 years.
3. DE Filters (Diatomaceous Earth Filters)
These types of filters are commonly referred to water polishers. They can remove very fine particles from water down to sizes ranging from 5 microns to 3 microns, much tinier than the plain eyesight can detect. Like the above categories, cleaning should be done if the gauge gives readings ranging from 8lbs to 10lbs higher than its clean pressure reading. This equipment should be back washed before applying the DE powder, which is very affordable. This powder is inserted into the filter by emptying it into the skimmer. It is advisable, at least once a season, to demount the filter and scrub the DE filter grids meticulously.
With these pointers, you are in a better position to decide which option works for you best. If you face any challenges about these filters, our experts in Sarasota, Venice, and Lakewood, FL, are available to shed more light on the subject. Please be at liberty to engage any one of them.