Keeping Your Pool Clean With A Pool Sand Filter

by Pool Builders on 12-13-2007 in Articles

Keep your pool clean with a pool sand filter.

Having a pool can be both a pleasure and a nuisance. While they provide a place to relax, maintaining the chlorine levels and alkalinity to ensure is cleanliness can require time and attention. Every one attracts dirt and other materials. If left uncleaned, these materials can lead to the growth of algae making it unsanitary to swim in. Filters are the best way to make certain your pool is kept clean and suitable for swimming.

Filters are available in three types: cartridge, Diatomaceous Earth (also called DE filters) and sand. The different types of filtering systems are suited to different needs. For example, cartridges require very low maintenance and will attract pool owners who are willing to sacrifice a bit of perfection to save time. DE types typically attract owners who want the cleanest water possible. Sand are great for those who want a near-infallible filtering system for them and do not mind the extra maintenance required to achieve it.

How Do Sand Pool Filters Work?

Generally, it works much like an espresso machine in that water must pass through the and exit out the bottom in a "cleansed" state. Any dirt and debris in the water as it enters the filter is prevented by the grains of sand from exiting the bottom of the filter. Only clean water can pass through.

How Often Does This Filter To Be Replaced?

Most pool maintenance experts agree that the bed of sand should be changed every 5 to 7 years. When the it is new, the grains are rough. This rough quality of the grains allows the filter to efficiently process clean water. However, with continued use, the grains lose much of their roughness. This can lead to a loss of efficiency in the filter. Replacing the bed of sand every 5 to 7 years is the best way to ensure a properly-functioning filter and a clean pool.

Where Can These Filters Be Purchased?

They can be purchased online at a variety of reliable websites or at your local pool maintenance shop. The price of a good one will depend on the size of it, the reputation of the manufacturer and how the filter is mounted. For example, while you can get a 16-inch top-mount filter for a little more than $200, a Hayward (a well-regarded brand of pool filters) in-ground mount filter will cost over $600.

If you own a pool, you need a filter. And this type is the preferred choice of many pool owners. Unfortunately, the cost of a good, reliable one may be startling at first. However, when considering the peace of mind and confidence you will have that yours will be constantly cleansed and sanitary, the price of a quality pool sand filter may seem a worthwhile investment over the long-term.

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