A Clean Diatomaceous Earth Pool Filter Lasts Longer

by Pool Builders on 06-22-2010 in Articles

When it comes to pool filters, there are many choices available on the market. If money is not a concern and you want the best possible filter, you should always pick a Diatomaceous Earth pool filter. The most efficient of all the varieties available, it is also known as a DE filters and is also the most expensive on the block.

A Diatomaceous Earth filter for a swimming pool cleans out impurities and keeps the pool water clean, healthy and sparkly, and it is definitely worth all the money that you would end up investing in it. Since a DE filter does so much work cleaning your pool, it obviously needs to be cleaned as well. Cleaning a DE filter is not too difficult and doesn't need to be done that often.

Filter Cleanliness Ensures Long Life

If maintained well and cleaned regularly, a DE pool filter can serve for as many as 25 years. The filter works by making sure that dirt particles get trapped inside, thanks to the coating of diatomaceous earth inside it. Depending on frequency of pool use, the filter eventually needs to be backwashed in order to clean it. Sometimes you might even need to switch off the pump and open the pressure vents to thoroughly clean them and make sure the system is relieved of air pressure.

Like all pool equipment, a DE filter also needs to be kept clean. If the filter isn't clean, the pool water won't be clean either.

Keeping The Diatomaceous Earth Filter Clean

It's simple to clean a DE filter yourself and save the money a professional pool cleaner would charge. Here is a quick how-to guide.

· Before the pool season begins, make sure you do an initial charging of the filter through the skimmer while the pump is running. Be sure to use the required amount of diatomaceous earth for your filter cartridge size so it is properly coated.

· Start the pump and keep it running for about 30 seconds. Switch it off, and repeat the process. This will make sure that any excess diatomaceous cake is properly flushed out of the filter.

· Turn the pump valve to the rinse position and then turn the pump on for about 30 seconds. Switch off and repeat. This will purge the head of the pump.

· Turn the multi-port valve now to the filter position and get the pump running for 30 seconds or so. Switch it off and repeat.

· If needed, take out all the equipment and clean each piece individually.

  • When the pool season ends, remove the filter and check for any residue of diatomaceous earth. If there is any residue, wash the filter and cartridge with running water.

Diatomaceous Earth pool filters do not require a lot of maintenance, but they do need proper cleaning. Make sure that you routinely clean your DE filter and it will serve you for many years to come.

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