Filters are an essential component to your pool pump system. The filters must be cleaned, changed, and repaired when needed in order to ensure proper filtration. If your filter is broken or in disrepair it affects your entire pool and can potentially make it unsafe to swim in.
When your pool circulation system is working properly, the pump pulls in water from your pool and through the filter before pumping back into the pool. There are a lot of things that can go wrong with a filter that can be detrimental to the proper function of your pool circulation system.
If your filter is broken, your entire pump system could potentially back up and cause an even bigger and more expensive problem. Broken filters are also a common cause for dirty, murky, or cloudy pool water.
Types of Filters
There are many types of pool filters, as well as brands, shapes, and sizes. This can make it difficult to make necessary repairs yourself. A professional pool service might be a good idea if you have any doubts.
The three most common types of pool filters are:
— Cartridge filters
— Sand filters and
— Diatomaceous earth (D.E.) filters.
Cartridge filters work by passing the water through a filter made of spun polyester. It works in much the same way as a standard air filter. Cartridge filters are popular for small above ground pools and spas. They are fairly easy to clean, but need to be replaced often. Common problems with cartridge filters are components breaking off or becoming very clogged if they are not cleaned regularly.
Sand filters are the most popular filters as they are easier to maintain. They tend to last longer than other filters, and are quite efficient. If a sand filter breaks, however, it can be a tricky job to repair. There are a lot of parts to keep track of, and taking the filter apart and cleaning out all the sand can be a messy experience. Common problems with sand filters are “backwash” cleaning and if the filter gets backed up, you will have sand all over the bottom of your pool.
Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.) filters are the most efficient filters available. They have the ability to filter out particles even smaller than can be seen by the naked eye. They typically do not require much maintenance, but you do have to break the entire filter down to check and clean each part, which can be a pain. D.E. filters are very efficient but are complicated if or when anything goes wrong.
A professional pool service such as Hersey Pool Service will not only be very knowledgeable about every type of pool filter, but will have the ability and know-how to properly maintain, repair, and replace any kind of pool filter.
Your filter keeps your pool water clean, clear, and safe to swim in. Proper upkeep, routine maintenance and repairs, and replacement parts when needed will protect the longevity of your pool. Call Hersey Pool Service in Jacksonville FL today to discuss how to take care of your pool filter.