Maintaining Your Swimming Pool Filtration System


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.

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Pool and Spa: Is Your Water Clean?


“Come on in, the waters fine!” is a phrase you may hear in the coming months as more and more people take frequent dips in their pool and relax in their spa. But is the water really fine? Is the water in your pool and spa clean? Maintenance is often neglected during the long winter months as many pools and outdoor spas are not frequently used. Without proper maintenance on your pool or spa, your water could be imbalanced and conceal waterborne contaminants that are potentially toxic to your body. Many of these problems are not visible to the naked eye, so just because it looks clean, doesn’t mean it is clean.

A filter is a vital piece in pool and spa maintenance. Pool and spa filters remove water impurities and other contaminants from your water, resulting in water that is clean and healthy enough for your family. Without the proper filtration in your pool and spa, you may notice an increase in bacteria and algae formation.

The Filbur FC-3053 Pool and Spa Filter works with pools, spas and hot tubs. It features Anti-Microbial (or Microban) technology, which prevents microbes such as bacteria, fungi, mold and mildew from growing or reproducing. The construction of the Filbur FC-3053 ensures durability and consistent water flow. Having a filter installed (and replacing your older one) is a must for pool and spa maintenance. Browse through our complete list of pool and spa filters to see which one best suits your needs. Consult your owner’s manual for instructions on cleaning and replacing your pool and spa filter.

After installing a filter in your spa or swimming pool, we are often left wondering if the filter is really doing what it’s supposed to do. Is it removing the harmful contaminants from my pool water? Is it making the water safer for me and my family? Too often these valid questions go unanswered, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

watersafe-test-kit-smaller-blogThe Watersafe Water Test is an antibody-based test kit that detects the presence of bacteria in spas and swimming pools. The Watersafe Pool Water Test will provide an on-site water analysis (with no training or instrumentation required) of harmful levels of bacteria in your pool or spa water in under 20 minutes. There are no chemicals to add in order to conduct the water test. The Watersafe Bacteria Water Test delivers accurate and reliable results in a convenient and disposable bacteria test strip. This allows you to eliminate the guesswork of whether or not your pool water is suffering from bacteria or other harmful impurities.

Pool and spa filters are just as important for your swimming pool as your household water filter and your air/furnace filter. Before you take a dip in the pool, or relax in the spa, make sure that the proper pool and spa maintenance has been done. The correct pool and/or spa filter is the first step in healthier water.