of Swimming Pool Filters
common types of swimming pool filters are Cartridge, Sand and
Diatomaceous Earth Filters (DE filters).
are the common types of filters that are used for residential pools.
Information is available below on the three primary types of swimming
Cartridge Pool Filters use paper to filter the
water of the pool. Cartridge filters are easy to maintain and can be
cleaned by removing the filter medium and spraying the plates. If the
cartridge filter is cared for and if properly maintained with a strict maintenance routine it could last for three to five years. Replacement
filter cartridge prices can range from moderate to expensive, but are
probably the most practical choice for residential swimming pools.
Pool Filters are the most commonly used. They work by filtering the
water though silica sand to filter out dirt and debris from the
swimming pool water. Sand pool filters are considered to be the least
efficient at cleaning the water and require more maintenance than the
cartridge filters. The sand only needs to be replaced every two to six
years depending on the size and volume of the
pool. A specific maintenance routine is to backwash water from the pool to flush out
dirty water and to clear the sand in the filter.
Diatomaceous Earth Filters (DE Filters)
Diatomaceous Earth Pool Filters are also known
as DE Filters. This type of filter uses diatomaceous earth which is
purchase in a powder form. The diatomaceous earth powder is a pre-mixed
compound and should be used by mixing it with water and slowly adding
the mixture into the pool. Many DE filter owners add the mixture to the
pool by pouring it through the skimmer. Make sure the filter is on so
the mixture is circulate around the entire pool so it will stick to the
filter grids inside the filter. The grids act as the filter medium and
this will be the basis of the filter. This type of pool filter method
is actually using biological filtration to clean the pools water. DE
filter grids can be cleaned by soaking them in water and rubbing them
down with a cloth. DE Filters are an efficient and quite natural method
of filtering the pools water.
The type of pool filtration system that you
require will depend on the type of pool and the size of your pool. Other matters that could influence your filter choice will be the pool
location and the amount of dirt that actually falls into the pool.
Remember that the pool filter will require
maintenance to ensure it operates and performs at
optimal level. If
you area buying a new pool then I would recommend purchasing a
cartridge filter or a sand filter, it depends on what you prefer and
your needs as a pool owner.
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