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Choosing And Replacing Your Pool Filter

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When it comes to keeping your pool clean, there is no better tool than a pool filter. Pool filters do a great job of removing dirt and debris so that the chlorine and other chemicals can do their job of getting rid of bacteria. The lifespan of a pool filter can range anywhere from 1 year to 5 years. There are signs signifying when it is time to change your filter so you don't waste your money if you don't have to. Once you are sure it is time to replace the filter, you then need to decide what type of filter you are going to choose. Here are some signs to help you determine when to change your filter, and what type of filter may be best for you.      

Signs to Look for

If you start to notice your pool water becoming hazy or cloudy, your filter isn't properly doing its job. The fibers in your filter can lose their strength over time allowing dirt and debris to get into your pool without being filtered out. When you notice the quality of water not as good as before, it is time to change the filter. Additionally, you should always inspect your filter cartridge to see if there is any damage to it. If you notice holes or stains on the filter that won't come off, you should replace it. Filters require cleaning too. If you see that you are having to clean your filter much sooner than before, this is a great sign that it is time to change your filter cartridge. 

Diatomaceous Earth Filters

There are three main pool filter types. One of those is the Diatomaceous Earth filter.This is one of the most effective filters as it can stop barely seen particles from getting into your pool. This type of filter uses DE powder to help filter the pool. Every so often it requires to backwashing and then more DE powder is added to the unit. Although it is easily the most effective pool filter type, it can also be expensive and time consuming to maintain. 

Sand Filters

Sand filters are the least effective at filtering your pool. but they are also the cheapest of the three types. This type of filter uses sand to help trap dirt and debris from getting into the pool. Just like the Diatomaceous Earth filters, you have to backwash it every so often. 

Cartridge Filters

Should you choose a cartridge filter for your pool, you are choosing a mid-range pool filter. The cartridge contains a pleated filter that helps trap the dirt and debris. A pool cartridge filter should be replaced every 1 to 2 years in order to properly filter the pool. For further assistance, contact a local pool builder.