DIY Tips

Filter Me Happy

15 April 2015

While it’s easy to forget about the media inside the filter when you have your hands full performing
maintenance on the rest of the pool, it’s time to create a regular routine that includes this vital piece of equipment.

Filter me happy

Media changes and the benefits for your pool

Cleaning out the filter and changing the media consistently can make a huge difference to the overall condition of your pool.

Why is frequently changing the filter media important?

No matter what kind of filter media you have, the media does need to be changed at some point so the filter keeps ridding the pool water of contaminants effectively. If you leave it too long between changes, the filter can become quite clogged and be unable to do its job properly – this leaves your pool susceptible to cloudy water, imbalances or poor water circulation.

How often do I need to change filter media?phosphates2

This depends on what sort of filter media you have. Cartridges need to be changed every year or so, but more often may be required if the most frequent users of the pool use lots of sunscreen, tanning lotions or hair products. It is also advisable that you rinse out the cartridge every few weeks, and straight after a large number people have used the pool.

If you use sand media in your filter, you may be able to get away with leaving the same sand in there for around three years if your pool is generally in good condition.

Glass pearls need to be replaced less often as they are high quality media options that are designed to last with only occasional backwashing required. Ask your local Swimart technician how often you should consider changing your glass pearl media.

How do I change it?filter3

It’s best to follow the instructions that should have been supplied with the filter and/or filter media when you purchased it, as every model is different.

If you feel unsure about how to change the media in your pool’s filter, contact your local Swimart and they can book a technician to come change it for you.

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