The filtration system is the main component that keeps your pool water clean and clear. If you would like to know how to clean this sand filter, follow our guide below.
When To Clean A Pool Sand Filter
Sand filters are typically an easy and cost-effective solution to dealing with maintenance needs. These filters are the most common filtration systems featured in personal use pools. There are two main indicators letting homeowners know when it’s time to clean a pool sand filtration unit. Homeowners need to notice when the pressure gauge gives a reading of 8-10 PSI beyond the normal operating level. The other way to tell is whenever you notice the pool water looking murky or cloudy.
To combat these few issues, you will want to complete the “backwashing” process. This is the act of reversing the flow of water to send debris outward through a waste hose. While cleaning the sand should be done whenever these issues arise, it is best to also clean your pool sand once per month. A deep chemical cleaning should be done twice per year.
Here are a pieces of equipment necessary for this DIY task:
- Sand filter cleaner.
- Backwash hose.
- Filter’s owner manual.
- Understanding of the multiple port system (backwash, filter, rinse, closed, waste, circulation).
How To Clean Your Pool Sand Filter
Follow this simple step-by-step guide to clean your pool’s sand filter:
Step 1. Turn off the pool pump prior to cleaning. This first step helps to protect the internal components that make up the sand filtration system.
Step 2. Attach the backwash hose to the waste line then open the valve.
Step 3. Turn the valve filter on to the backwash setting then turn the pump back on.
Step 4. Backwash the filter until the water is clear. This step could take between 3-5 minutes total.
Step 5. Turn off the pump at this time.
Step 6. Turn the valve on the filter to the rinse setting.
Step 7. Turn the pump back on and let it rinse between 30-45 seconds.
Step 8. Turn the pump back off now.
Step 9. Turn the valve to filter, which is its normal operating position.
Step 10. Turn the pump on.
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