Have you noticed that your pool filter just doesn’t get the job done? If you use a cartridge filter system, you will likely need to replace the cartridge approximately every two to five years. However, if your filter is newer, and you don’t see any visible damage, save yourself some cash and clean the filter yourself with just a few easy steps! This article has all the info you need to clean your dirty cartridge filter.
How do I know if my filter needs to be cleaned?
The signs of a dirty filter may not be obvious at first, but upon closer inspection, you can detect when your filter doesn’t run as efficiently as it should.
When you first install a new cartridge filter, take note of the psi (pounds per square inch) - this is your clean operating pressure. The pressure gauge is typically located on top of your pool filter. We recommend that you check the pressure gauge about once a week. When the water pressure rises approximately 10 psi above the clean operating pressure, it’s time to clean your cartridge filter.
At the minimum, your pool filter should be cleaned at least once a year. However, if the pool is frequently used by people wearing sunscreen, the filter may need to be cleaned more often as the oil can easily clog the pores in the filter.
How to clean your filter
Cleaning your cartridge filter is easy, and can be done in just a few days! Follow these steps to clean your filter correctly:
Do I need a new filter?
If your pool filter is still dirty after you go through the cleaning process, it may be time to invest in a new one. Here are a few signs that your pool filter may be past the point of no return:
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