For Sand Filters:
To clean your sand filter you will need to start by backwashing with a backwash hose
rolled completely out in order to carry the expelled water from your pool into the desired area. This process will typically take a few minutes.
You should be backwashing your filter when the pressure gauge rises over 8 to 10 psi over its starting point. Additionally, it’s recommended to backwash after heavy rains, treating algae and to help clear cloudy water. For Cartridge Filters:
You should clean your filter
a few times over the course of the summer and can accomplish it with your garden hose and a basic attachment.
Spray your cartridge with a cleaner — such as Power Blue Cartridge and D.E. Swimming Pool Filter Cleaner
— and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then, you’ll use your hose and spray nozzle to spray each pleat, running down the length of the filter at an angle. Once you finish, you’ll want to flip the cartridge over and do it again. Make sure you do it at an angle to avoid pushing debris further into the filter.
There are numerous cleaners to clean your filter, just be sure to properly follow the instructions associated with each cleaner since some of them require the filter to soak overnight. We also sell several specialized hose attachments to make cleaning easier.
For more information on cleaning your cartridge, check out our blog, Cleaning Your Pool Cartridge Filter
. For D.E. Filters:
It’s best to clean your D.E. filter every month or whenever the pressure gauge rises 8 to 10 psi over its starting point.
Start by backwashing your filter. Once complete, clean the grids within, shaking off the D.E. powder
. You’ll also want to clean off the inside of the tank. After you reassemble the tank, add new D.E. powder.
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