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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.
I was advised to get a DE filter after operating more than 50 sand filters (which I LOVE) down in the Virgin Islands. I was told they are MUCH better for Florida pools and so I got one. Now after about 18 months, I am getting fine silt like particles out of the return jets and wonder if the DE filter is breaking down and wish I had gone with a sand filter, which are extremely efficient and simple in operation with no hazardous waste.