Pool Filter Cleaning

How to Clean Your Pool’s Filter Cartridge

In Pool Tips by Swimming Pool Expert

The beauty, function, and design of a swimming pool may come secondary to keeping the pool water clean.

It is essential to install a good filter system to guarantee that the oasis has clean water, without bacteria.

A cartridge filter is the most popular type of pool filter to use on a home pool. The filter artifacts are pleated, and they maximize the cleaning process by gathering debris as small as 10 to 15 microns. In other words, the larger the area, the more particles you can filter out.

The cartridge filters are efficient and clean particles out of your pools water as it flows through the cartridge artifact. Best of all, cleaning them is easy by using a garden hose to rinse the filter chamber and cartridges. Most pool owners clean their pool’s filter system every six months, depending on the water chemistry.

For all our DIY customers, you may already know the importance of cleaning your filter cartridge at least every six months. Cleaning your pool filter is not only important but is easy to do.

To clean your cartridge filter, you will need:

  • 9 /16th deep socket wrench
  • Garden hose

Clean Pool Filter

Filter Cleaning Procedure:

  • Shut the equipment off.
  • Open the drain plug at the bottom of the filter tank. (Remember, the water will come out fast so, take a step back).
  • Open the air relief valve at the top of the tank; this will help the water come out more quickly from the filter.
  • After draining the water out, proceed to remove the band and the lid. To do this, use your 9/16 deep socket and remove the nut from the bolt around the filter tank.
  • Take off the filter manifold from the top of the filters and remove the filters.
  • Use the hose to clean the filters. It works best to hose off the filters working from the top to the bottom of each filter.
  • Rinse the inside of the tank, underneath the tank band, pressure gasket and the manifold.
  • Make sure that the tank is free of any debris like sand, little rocks or pebbles in the filter tank. Otherwise, water may leak when you put the filter back together.

Pool Filter CartridgePutting Your Filter Back Together:

  • Close the drain plug at the bottom of the filter tank.
  • Place the band back in its place. Ensure that the lid fits in.
  • Place the filter cartridges on the cups located at the bottom of the tank. This will help keep the filters standing up.
  • Re-install the manifold and make sure that the O-ring is properly set in place.
  • Place the tank lid, and make sure that no debris is on the inside rim. Since the cover has a dial, ensure that it faces towards the upper connecting tube.
  • Install the band to secure the lid.
  • While placing the nut and bolt:
  • Take the bolt’s vertical side and glide it inside the filter tank band. Then, take the other end of the bolt and place it in.
  • Take the nut and screw it back to the bolt, ensuring to close it tightly using the 9/16 deep socket, ensuring that the clamp is 1/16” gap from each side of the ring.
  • Open the air relief valve. This will allow for the air to come out while the water fills the filter.
  • Once the water escapes from the top, close the air relief
  • Turn the equipment on.

Anyone who follows these steps will extend the life of the filter system and the swimming pool. Remember that Platinum Pools has Maintenance Service ready to keep your pool equipment in top-notch condition. Call us at 281.870.1600 (Houston), 409.898.4995 (Beaumont), or 361.576.0813 (Victoria).  You can also visit our website for a free quote.