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Mar 22, 2024

How to Clean Your Sand Pool Filter

Hey there, Aussie pool enthusiasts! Keeping your pool sparkling clean isn't just about skimming leaves and managing chemical levels. The real hero behind crystal-clear water is your sand pool filter. But over time, even this unsung hero needs a bit of TLC. So, how do you clean a sand pool filter properly? Roll up your sleeves – we're about to dive into a step-by-step guide that'll have your pool filter working efficiently, ensuring your backyard oasis stays in top-notch condition.

Why Cleaning Your Sand Pool Filter Matters

First things first, let's chat about why keeping your sand pool filter clean is crucial. A clean filter means:

  • Better water circulation and filtration, leading to clearer pool water.
  • Increased efficiency, saving you money on energy bills.
  • Longer lifespan for your pool equipment.

When to Clean Your Sand Pool Filter

Before we jump into the cleaning process, it's essential to know when it's time for a clean-up. Generally, you'll want to clean your filter at least once every 6 months. However, if you notice:

  • A significant increase in the pressure gauge reading (typically over 8 PSI above the normal operating level).
  • Your pool water is getting a bit cloudy.

It might be time for a clean.

Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Your Sand Pool Filter

Step 1: Turn Off the Pump

Safety first! Ensure your pool pump is turned off before you start the cleaning process.

Step 2: Set the Valve to "Backwash"

Find the multiport valve on your filter and set it to the "Backwash" position. This will reverse the water flow, cleaning the sand inside the filter.

Step 3: Turn on the Pump

With the valve set to "Backwash," turn on the pump and let it run for about 2-3 minutes, or until the water in the sight glass (or backwash hose) runs clear.

Step 4: Rinse the Filter

After backwashing, set the valve to "Rinse" and turn the pump back on. This process settles the sand and removes any remaining dirt from the filter. Run the pump for about a minute.

Step 5: Return to Normal Operation

Switch the valve back to its normal "Filter" position. Turn on the pump and resume normal pool operation.

Step 6: Check the Pressure Gauge

After cleaning, the pressure gauge should read lower, indicating a successful clean. If it's still high, you might need to repeat the process or consult a professional for a deeper inspection.

Cleaning your sand pool filter is an essential part of pool maintenance that keeps your water clear and your equipment running smoothly. By following these steps, you'll ensure your pool remains a clean, refreshing retreat during those scorching Aussie summers. Remember, a well-maintained pool is the key to endless fun and relaxation in your backyard oasis.

Sand Filters vs Cartridge Filters

Deciding whether to go with a sand filter or cartridge filter? Check out our comparison article.

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