One of the things that many new pool owners wonder and often get wrong is how often pool filters need to be replaced. If you’ve never had a pool before, you might think that pool filters are like the cartridge in your refrigerator and need to be replaced whenever they become filled with debris. It will please you to learn that pool filters can actually be cleaned many times before they need to be replaced.
How many times you can clean them before it is time to replace it will depend on a lot of different factors. How well it is cleaned, what kind of contaminants it has had to deal with, and how many hours a day you operate your pool pump all factor in. You could damage the filter inadvertently by cleaning it wrong and end up needing to replace it right away, or all things could go right and it lasts a couple years.
It helps to know a few things that you can do to preserve the life of pool filters. One of the easiest to do is keep things out of the pool that will clog and damage it. Getting in the pool with makeup, deodorant, suntan lotion, hair care products, and other chemicals on you is a good way to shorten the life of pool filters. Another policy is to clean the pool filters regularly. It helps to use a professional pool cleaning company, as they will use the right brushes and equipment to keep your pool and the pool filters clean.
You will know the pool filter needs to be replaced if you are having trouble keeping the water balanced and the pool clean. A visual inspection will show tears, flattened pleats, broken bands or endcaps, and perhaps even holes. A trained professional can spot other signs, as well.
If you want to get the most from pool filters, we suggest calling us at Cayman Pool & Spa to set up regular pool cleaning services. We keep your pool’s water chemistry in balance, which also maximizes the life of the pool filters. We clean them thoroughly and alert you when they are reaching the end of their lifespan, so you can plan to replace them. We serve the Mooresville, North Carolina area with a variety of pool services to let you enjoy your pool with the family instead of spending time working on it.