Maintaining Your Swimming Pool Filtration System

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Part of owning your own swimming pool is maintenance.  It may not be glamorous, but it has to be done if you wish to keep everything in operating order and wish to extend the life of your investment. A major aspect of pool maintenance is your filtration system.  A whole host of problems can occur if you neglect your filters.  These are some of the most common:

  • Pool water becomes murky.  There are certainly other reasons this can occur, but after ruling them out by testing your pool water chemistry and making sure your water cycling feature is running long enough, you should check the filter.  Is it dirty?  Does it fit properly?
  • Filter (and/or housing) is leaking.  You hear a dripping sound or notice water beside the system. Although your pool will probably not leak all of the water out, this can still be an annoying problem.  You may need to check and repair the belly band on a split tank type of filter.  Also, drain plugs are also known to leak, so make sure to maintain these as well.  If your filter housing has a hole in it, replacement is your only option.
  • Filter seems to be washing debris back into the pool.  This is likely a backwash valve issue.  Make sure to inspect all of the valves and fittings for damage and repair or replace as needed.

There are 3 major types of filtration systems.  Here are general maintenance guidelines for each:

  1. Sand Filter: This type should be backwashed whenever sand pressure rises 5-8 lbs. above normal.  The frequency depends of how heavily the pool is used.  A lightly used home pool may only need once each week.  Additionally, the sand should be changed every 3-5 years, again depending on use.
  2. Cartridge Filter: Should be cleaned when pressure rises 5-8 lbs. above normal.  After safely removing filter, simply use a standard garden hose to spray out debris.  If the water alone does not remove embedded dirt and debris, it may be necessary to use specially formulated filter cleaner.  If this doesn’t work, you will need to replace the filter.
  3. DE Filter: Backwash when pressure rises 5-8 lbs. above normal.  If this is needed more than every 3-4 weeks, then you may need to clean your filter.  Cleaning is needed generally twice during the season.  After backwashing, disassemble filter and all parts, clean with your garden hose, cleaner (as needed) or replace.

Maintaining your swimming pools’ filtration system is of utmost importance. Yes it can get messy and it’s not always fun, but by adhering to maintenance guidelines for cleaning and replacing filters, you can relax and enjoy your pool all season long.

Please visit Acepools.com, part of the Filters Fast family, for all of your swimming pool needs.

 

Water Shortage Causing Concern Among Wine, Beer & Liquor Industries – USA

water shortage west coast usaBreweries, vineyards, wineries and distilleries are enjoying the growth of their fast-growing industries. Producing wine, beer and liquor are seeing consumer sales go up faster than producers can make. Overall, everything seems to be going well for these industries, but there is a major growing concern about a common ingredient that is threatening many beer, liquor and wine companies.

Grain, hops and grapes share one common denominator that all of them are competing for. That common ingredient is water. Farmers and viticulturists are running into problems trying to keep crops properly irrigated, as a result of the severe drought that occurred during the recent years. Viticulturists (grape growers), and farmers of hops and grain are competing for the same limited water resources. This will ultimately affect production, supply and demand, throughout many critical crop producing regions.

Just as water conservation is a major concern for various facets of the farming industry, it is an even greater concern for regular consumers. Be sure to check your home for leaks that could be sending your water bill through the roof each month. Here are a couple of items to help you conserve water in your home.

Leak Detector protection                                              bernoulli conserve shower head

Watts LPSOV Leak Detector                              Rainshow’r Bernoulli Shower Head

Although there is a constant cycle of water that evaporates from the ocean – through the air – from the rain and then back to the ocean, about 98% of the water on this planet is in the oceans and thus unusable for human consumption, due to the salt content. This leaves approximately 2% of fresh water on the planet. In spite of the fact that water shortage is a growing concern with crops in many regions across the country, it is imperative that we get into the habit of protecting our natural water resources and use them wisely. Inevitably, our survival depends on it.

St. Patrick’s Day: All Things Green

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For over 1,000 years, the Irish have observed St. Patrick’s Day as a religious holiday. It is also observed in the United States and abroad with parades, Irish inspired feasts, and of course, green. Since the 17th century, the color green has become an important part of the celebrations and are seen on many clothes, shamrocks and yes, leprechauns.  To get into the festive spirit, we decided to share some of our favorite green items that we offer.

Favorite Green Water Pitcher

The Brita Grand Green Water Pitcher: We love this filtered water pitcher from Brita. A flip-top lid, soft grip handle and electronic filter change indicator light are convenient features that make this a great fit for your home. Our favorite part about this pitcher is that it’s green in more ways than one. First, this Brita pitcher eliminates the need to buy bottled water, which often clogs our nation’s landfills. Secondly, when it’s time for the filter to be replaced, you can recycle it through the Brita recycling program. How’s that for green?

Favorite Green Water Bottle

The Klean Kanteen Be Green Bottle and Loop Cap: Like the Brita water pitcher, this water bottle is also green in more ways than one. Made from BPA free, food-grade stainless steel, this is one of the more eco-friendly water bottles available on the market today. The Klean Kanteen Loop Cap allows you to clip the water bottle to backpacks, camping equipment and more with the Klean Kanteen S-Biner Carabiner. It’s dishwasher friendly and will not retain any flavors or odors, making it a perfect addition to your collection of reusable water bottles.

Favorite Green Humidifier

The Crane Cool Mist Green Frog Humidifier: Its adorability alone makes this a personal favorite of ours. Admit it, the face mesmerizes you. It’s great for use in children’s rooms and provides relief from sinus irritation, nasal congestion and dry skin. The winter months may be nearing an end, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get ahead of the game and get your humidifier for next winter. Even after the numerous health benefits, there’s still that adorable face…

March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. If you choose to partake in the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, remember to be safe and wear green lest you fall victim to the pinch. Out of all the green items we offer, what is your personal favorite? Tell us your preference in the comments below.