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How do pool filtration systems work

By Clark Rubber | 17th October, 2019
How do pool filtration systems work

Filtration systems are one of the most important parts of keeping a pool clean - but what do you need to know about how they operate?

Even with a pool cover, debris and dirt will enter your pool over time. It can come off swimmers bodies, be blown in by the wind or accumulate in the form of precipitation. To manage this, you need to have a quality filtration system.

The experts at Clark Rubber can help you understand how these work, and what you need to do to maintain a filter.

How filtration works

A filtration system slowly processes all of the water in your pool or spa. It filters debris through a medium, either sand or a cartridge, removing particles and debris.

However, the circulation that a filter creates will not reach every part of your pool. The parts that water does not circulate in are known as dead spots, and will eventually accumulate dirt and algae.

To fix this, run your filter for eight hours a day when the pool is in use. This creates a current to make sure every part of the pool is clear of dirt.

How do you keep your pool clear of dirt and debris?

How to clean a pool filter

If you have a sand filter, you can clear it by a process called backwashing. You simply flip a lever and the dirt is flushed away to a waste system. It takes a minute to 90 seconds with another ten seconds for rinsing, then the filter resumes functioning.

If you have a sand filter, you can clear it by a process called backwashing.

You will lose some water with every backwash, but nothing significant. Depending on the size of your pool and your filtration system, this might only have to be done once a month.

With a cartridge filter, take it out and hose it down. Dismantling a cartridge can be a delicate job, so ask the professionals at Clark Rubber for assistance. Putting Filtrite Cartridge Cleaner into your system clears everything out effectively as well.

How long does a pool filter last?

With a sand filter on your pool, you have to replace the interior every five years. Cartridges last even longer, but the ongoing maintenance is intricate.

No matter what kind of filter you have, the experts at Clark Rubber can help you buy, install and maintain it. Contact your nearest store for more information, or we can do the work for you with our Onsite Pool Care service.