Sand Pool Filter Maintenance Sand Pool Filter Maintenance

What You'll Need
System pump
Fresh filter sand
Plastic scooping tool

It is important to properly maintain your sand pool filter in order to keep your pool water clean and your swimming experience pleasant.

It is not difficult to properly maintain a sand pool filter, but you must be consistent in caring for your system if you want to get the most out of it and keep it working effectively and efficiently. 

Step 1 – Keep a Record of Your Cleaning and Maintenance

Sand filters must be flushed several times a year, and the sand inside them should be replaced every few years. It is important to keep track of what maintenance has been done so that you can see at a glance what maintenance is called for.

Step 2 – Flush out the System Regularly

It is important to flush out your filter system regularly by reversing the action of your pump. This is known as backwashing the filter. Depending on your pool usage, you may need to do this as often as once a week or as little as once a month. Your system maintenance manual will recommend flushing the filter when it reaches a certain pressure reading, usually 10 to 15 psi higher than the reading you see when you have just cleaned the filter.

Step 3 – Replace the Filter Sand as Needed

The sand in your filter should be replaced every few years. The number of years the sand in your filter continues to do its job effectively varies and depends on your pool usage, but in general, it’s a good idea to change out your sand approximately every five years.

Newer sand is coarser than older sand and therefore does a better job of filtering out impurities. As filter sand becomes more finely ground and less able to trap impurities like dirt, leaf bits, and other debris, you may find that you need to clean your pool more frequently and that you are using more water-sanitizing chemicals. Anytime you find yourself redoubling your cleaning efforts, it is a good idea to consider the quality of your filter sand.

You should read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for opening your filter. It is possible to drain the sand from some filters, but it is necessary to scoop the sand from other models. If you need to scoop the sand from your model, make sure to do so with a plastic tool. If you use a metal tool, you increase your risk of damaging the laterals found in the filter.

If you make it a point to backwash your pool filter as often as needed and to replace the sand in your filter when necessary, your filter will run at its optimum performance level. Not only will your clean pool add to your fun on those hot summer days, but the efficiency of your filter will also help keep your money in your bank account.

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