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Pool Maintenance - Cleaning A Cartridge Filter
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Cartridge pool filters are very popular for a number of reasons. They are easy to maintain, don’t require backwashing, and can handle large amounts of debris. Cartridge filters can also be used with saltwater pools.

There are a few downsides to cartridge filters. They can be more expensive than other types of pool filters, and they may not last as long as sand or DE filters.

Overall, cartridge pool filters are a great choice for most people. If you’re looking for an easy-to-maintain filter that can handle a lot of debris, a cartridge filter is probably the right choice for you.

If you have a cartridge filter, you should clean it every two to four weeks. The frequency depends on how often you use your pool and the size of your filter. A good rule of thumb is to clean your filter when the pressure gauge rises eight to ten pounds above the starting pressure.

You’ll know it’s time to clean your filter when the flow from the return jets decreases or if the water in your pool becomes cloudy. If you wait too long to clean your filter, it will become clogged and won’t work as efficiently. backwashing won’t remove all of the dirt and debris, so you’ll need to disassemble the filter and give it a thorough cleaning.

How To Clean Your Cartridge Filter

To clean your cartridge filter, first remove it from the pump and then rinse it off with a hose. Be sure to do this outside so you don’t make a mess. Next, open up the filter and remove the cartridge. Most cartridges can be cleaned with a hose, but if yours is really dirty, you may need to soak it in a bucket of Filter Cleaning Solution overnight.

Once the cartridge is clean, put it back in the filter and reassemble everything. Then turn on the pump and check for leaks. If everything looks good, you’re all set! Regular cleaning will help extend the life of your filter and keep your pool water looking great.

Maintaining a Cartridge Pool Filter

Assuming you have a cartridge-type pool filter, the first step is to remove the cartridges from the filter tank. There are usually handles on either side of the cartridge that you can grip and pull out. If your model doesn’t have these, you may need to unscrew a retaining nut or bolts. Lay them out on some old towels so they don’t get damaged as you clean them.

Now it’s time to start cleaning each individual cartridge. Begin by hosing them down with clean water to remove any loose dirt and debris. Then apply a generous amount of pool filter cleaner over the entire surface of the cartridge. Work it in using a soft brush if necessary (an old toothbrush works great for this). Let the cleaner sit on the cartridge for the amount of time specified by the manufacturer.

After the allotted time has passed, rinse each cartridge thoroughly with clean water until all traces of cleaner have been removed. If your cartridges are still looking dirty, you can repeat this process until they’re clean. Once they’re clean, allow them to air dry completely before putting them back in your pool filter.

By following these simple steps, you can easily clean your cartridge pool filter and keep it running smoothly all season long! Thanks for reading and feel free to share this pool cleaning guide with anyone who might need it. Happy swimming!

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