Keeping a blue and clean pool is the most important part of owning a swimming pool. As I’ve mentioned in another blog post, debris can be a major factor in poor circulation, second being your pool filter. There are several kinds of filters, but today we will be covering the cartridge pool filter. There are many different sizes of cartridges but each one has the same basic function. You can compare them to a vacuum bag in your normal vacuum cleaner. They collect dirt and algae that build up in your pool. Like a vacuum bag, they fill up and need to be changed or cleaned. I personally average the lifespan of a standard cartridge filter to be approximately around a year. Many can last shorter or longer than this, but here are a few ways you can tell it’s time to replace your cartridge:
Circulation of your pool is becoming significantly slower.
After servicing or vacuuming, the same dirt or debris are returning to the pool.
The pool vacuum is slow or does not pick up items.
The cleanliness of the pool does not last a full week.
When I replace a cartridge pool filter there is a significant increase in cleanliness and movement in the pool. Keeping a clean cartridge is one of the best things you can do for your pool. We replace all kinds of cartridge filters, and are always happy to answer any questions.
Did you know the quality of your pool systems circulation is critical to the cleanliness of your pool? Here’s some things you can do yourself to keep your pool looking blue. The circulation system cycles your pool water through the filtration system, thus cleaning any contaminates in the water. Circulating the pool water also serves to “stir” of the chemicals present in the pool to make use of their full potential. Here’s some tips for maintaining good pool circulation:
Keeping your pool circulation system on for at a minimum of 8 hours a day is best for keeping your pool crystal clear and blue. If you don’t already have an automatic timer to start and stop your circulation system, we will be happy to install one for you.
Keep your skimmer basket clean by checking it daily and scooping out any built up debris.
Keep your pool jets pointing a consistent direction so they create a circular flow of water around the pool.
Even though a pool service will (read: should) clean out debris from your pool, sometimes things like leaves and dirt can pile up in between weekly visits. The debris in your pool do a few harmful things to your pool like:
Interrupt circulation flow
Introduce contaminants to the water
Create clogs in the circulation system
The following tips can help keep the pool clear of debris:
If you notice that the pool is pretty heavy on floating debris, such as leaves after a storm, and it will be a few days before the next service visit, using your pool net to scoop out even a few handfuls of leaves will be beneficial to the health of your pool.
If wind is consistently your enemy by blowing dirt, pollen, and other small contaminates into your pool, consider buying a automatic pool vacuum. While pool services will vacuum out your pool when it needs it, there’s 6 other days of the week that your pool has debris sitting in it. We will be happy to recommend a specific vacuum to meet your needs, the best place to buy it, and even install it for you when we come out for our weekly service.