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Conquering Filter Frenzy: 3 Pool Filter Foes and How to Slay Them
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Conquering Filter Frenzy: 3 Pool Filter Foes and How to Slay Them
Jun 17 2024

Conquering Filter Frenzy: 3 Pool Filter Foes and How to Slay Them

Is your pool looking less like a cool, refreshing escape and more like a murky mess? The culprit might be a struggling filter! Just like your car needs a clean air filter, your pool relies on a functioning filter to keep the water sparkling and healthy. 

But don't worry, pool warriors! Today, we'll be your guide on a quest to identify the most common pool filter foes and equip you with the knowledge to defeat them like the pool care champion you are! 

The 3 Most Common Pool Filter Foes: 

Clogged Filter Media: Imagine your filter as a tireless pool janitor. When their tools (the filter media) get clogged with leaves, debris, and grime, they can't clean efficiently. This leads to reduced water flow, a pressure gauge reading higher than usual, and cloudy pool water that's more swamp than swimmable. 

The Fix: Luckily, we have weapons to combat this foe! 

  • Sand Filter Savvy: Backwashing is your secret weapon! This process reverses the water flow through the filter, flushing out trapped gunk. 
  • Cartridge Cleaning: For cartridge filters, remove the cartridge and give it a good scrub with a hose or filter cleaner. 
  • Media Replacement: If the media is excessively dirty or damaged, replacing it might be necessary. 

Low Water Level: Think of your filter as a dedicated swimmer. If the water level dips too low, they can't take in enough water to filter properly. This leads to air getting sucked into the system instead, reducing efficiency. Signs of this foe include visible pool skimmers and an exposed pool pump basket. 

    The Fix: This one's a simple victory! Just add water to your pool until it reaches the recommended level, usually halfway up the skimmer. 

    Faulty Filter Multiport Valve: This valve acts like the pool's traffic cop, directing water flow for different functions like filtration, backwashing, and rinsing. When the cop gets confused (a faulty valve!), you might experience leaking around the valve, difficulty turning the handle, or incorrect water flow during different functions. 

    The Fix: This foe might require calling in reinforcements from a pool service company. While a basic explanation of repairs is helpful, emphasize that for complex issues, contacting a professional is the best course of action. 

    Remember, prevention is key! Here are some ways to keep your filter fighting fit: 

    • Regularly clean the skimmer baskets and pump basket. This prevents debris from reaching the filter in the first place. 
    • Schedule regular backwashing or cleaning of the filter media according to the manufacturer's instructions. 
    • Maintain proper water chemistry levels. Balanced pool water reduces strain on the filter. 
    • Visually inspect the filter tank and components for any damage during cleaning. 

    By following these tips and addressing filter issues promptly, you can ensure your pool remains a sparkling oasis for you and your loved ones to enjoy all season long. 

    Feeling overwhelmed? Don't go it alone! At rue Quality Pool Service, we're your pool care experts. We have the knowledge and experience to diagnose and solve even the most troublesome filter problems. Contact us today for a free consultation and let us help your filter become a filtration superhero!