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How can you keep your filter from being overworked?

Filter Friends

Right after a football team wins a game they always interview the star (usually the quarterback). The QB usually says he couldn't do anything without his team. If filters could talk they'd probably say the same thing.

A filter can do a lot, but it can't do it all. So, when it comes to cleaning the pool, don't just rely on your filter. Here's some helpful swimming pool filter advice:

• Make sure you vacuum regularly
• Treat the pool with chemicals
• Clean out the surface skimmer baskets

The less you rely on one pool cleaner, the better chance your filter has at living a longer life.

   
What size should your filter be?

Go Large For Longer Lasting

It happens every time you walk into a restaurant when you're hungry—your eyes are bigger than your belly. You go for a large platter of this, an extra side order of that and, of course, you end up with an extra large doggy bag. When it comes to pool filters people think the opposite. Whether they're trying to save space or money they might go for a smaller model. In the long run this might not actually be a wise decision.

Once more dirt gets into your system it has to use more energy to clean it. A smaller filter might not be able to handle all of the dirt and may need to be cleaned out more often than you would like. To avoid this from happening, don't go with the recommended regular size filter, super-size it a bit. Make sure it has a bigger cleaning area or a more powerful cleaning system so it can clean longer for you.

   
Why are DE filters not good for private pools?

The ABCs Of A DE Filter

You walk into an electronic store and pick up any device and there will likely be a bunch other devices that do the same exact thing. It seems like you can't escape this choice quandary when shopping for anything—even swimming pool filters. Here is a cheat sheet to help you figure out how the more popular filters work:

• Cartridge filters use material to filter the pool water

• Sand filters use sand to clean the water

• D.E (Diatomaceous Earth) filters are a type of fine powder made from actual sea organism fossils known as diatoms. The D.E. powder acts like tiny magnets, attracting microscopic dirt as it flows through the filter

*If you are planning to buy a DE filter you should probably do some local research first. When it comes time to dispose Diatomaceous Earth waste product you might run in to some trouble as some areas consider this type of waste hazardous.

   
What's the best pump for a private pool?

The Filter That Fits

More swimming pool filter advice: Say you need mayo for one sandwich, it probably wouldn't make sense to get it in an institutional size drum (the kind they use to feed schools and armies). It's the same when searching for pool equipment. Think in terms of public vs. private. The swimming pool equipment that works with droves of swimmers probably is overkill for your family. This is true when buying pool filters.

Sand and D.E. filters have a high-grade filter feature that can clean out gallons of water, making them perfect for public pools. For personal pools, however, think cartridge filters. They use material to filter out the water. This type of filter process is not as effective as the other filters but it's not a big deal since you have hundreds less people using your pool.

Cartridge filters work better when it comes to cleaning. Since it uses material, all you need to do is replace it every few years. In comparison, Sand & D.E. filters need backwashing (this entails flowing around 500 gallons of water through the filter).Again, because public places have the money and the manpower they can handle this process with no problems.

   
How can you tell if a filter is not working?

Give Water A Bath

You turn on the faucet, fill your glass with water, lift it up to the light and see that clear liquid you were about to guzzle down is a cloudy mess. You can probably thank the water plant's filtration system. The best way to make it clear again is with a water purifier. A swimming pool filter does the same thing for your pool.

A swimming pool filter moves matter (like flakes of skin, calcium, or other debris) so water remains crystal clear. If you want to know if your filter is not working simply look at the pool water. If it's cloudy, you know the first place to look.

   
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