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Expert’s Crash Course: Pool Sand Filters

Becoming a pool owner should come with an owner’s manual. From figuring out the best filtration system to how long the bulbs in your pool lights should really last… Without previous experience, most new pool owners navigate these burning questions in the dark.

We’re here to save the day, with everything you need to know about sand filters.

Starting at the beginning: What are they?

Sand filters come in all shapes and sizes, but they all serve one common purpose: to clean the water in your pool.

Pool filters are connected to your main pump and run continuously when on. They work by pumping water through a sand-filled filter that traps dirt and debris. This filtered water is returned to the pool, keeping it clean and looking crystal clear.

How do these filters keep my water clean?

The sand in the filter traps dirt and debris as the water passes through it. The more sand in the filter, the more dirt it can trap. This means that you need to keep an eye on your sand levels and replace it when necessary.

In order for a sand filter to work properly, it needs to have the right amount of sand. If there is too little sand, the water will not be filtered properly. If there is too much sand, the water will not flow through the filter correctly and can cause damage to the pump. The best way to maintain this is to backwash your filter regularly, which is when you run water backwards through the filter to clean it.

How often should I backwash my sand filter?

This depends on how dirty your pool water is and how often you swim in it. If the water is very dirty, you will need to backwash it more often. As a general rule, we recommend backwashing every two weeks.

Sand filters VS Cartridge filters

The main difference between sand filters and cartridge filters is that sand filters use sand to trap dirt and debris, while cartridge filters use a pleated paper filter.

Sand filters are typically more affordable than cartridge filters and require less maintenance. Cartridge filters are better for pools with a lot of leaves and other large debris.

Are sand filters good for all pools?

No, sand filters are not good for all sized pools. If you have a very small pool, sand filters can be too big and bulky. In this case, cartridge filters may be a better option for you.

Which one is right for me?

That depends on your pool and its specific needs. If you have a large pool with many leaves and other debris, cartridge filters may be a better option for you. If you have a small pool or are looking for an affordable filter system, sand filters are the way to go.