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How To Clean Pool Filters the Right Way

by | Dec 30, 2022

Are you struggling to keep your pool clean? Call Classic Marcite at (407) 521-6260 for world-class solutions.

Learning how to clean pool filters helps you keep your pool crystal-clear. Pool pumps reduce the buildup of dust, dirt, and bacteria that accumulate in the water over time. Depending on your appliance’s pool filter size, you may need to clean these products after every one or two months of use.

Consider the following tips on how to clean your filters properly:

9 Steps to Clean Your Pool

Cleaning your pool filter prevents water discoloration and unpleasant smells in your pool. Here’s a step-by-step guide to how to clean pool filters.

1. Turn Off Your Filtration System

If you own a cartridge filter, turn the system off before proceeding. If you own a sand filter, you may need to backwash the appliance to remove excess debris before turning it off.

2. Release the Air Valve

The air relief valve traps pressure in your filtration system. After turning off your pump and filter, release the valve slowly.

3. Drain the Filter

Drain the filter by connecting a hose to your device’s waste or backwash port. Drain the tank completely. This process could take several minutes, depending on which filter you use.

4. Remove the Filter Cover

Professionals recommend releasing the top clamp with pliers or a wrench. Go slowly to avoid damaging the seal or O-ring connected to the appliance.

5. Take Out the Filter

Now you can pull the filter out of the tank. Place it flat on the ground, preferably in the grass to avoid damage. 

6. Apply the Cleaner

Use a spray bottle to apply a cleaner to your filter. Wear personal protective equipment when applying cleaners like trisodium phosphate because direct exposure to the skin can be harmful. 

Over-the-counter, all-purpose cleaners with heavy degreasing properties may be better. A professional pool renovation specialist can recommend brands that suit your filter. 

7. Soak the Filter

Let the cleaner soak into the pleats and folds of your filter for around 15 to 30 minutes.

8. Scrub the Filter

Use a soft-bristle brush or non-abrasive cloth to scrub away extra debris. You should also scrub the inside of the tank with a cleaner and gently rinse it out before reinstalling the filter.

9. Replace Filter

Finally, you can place the filter back in the correct position and secure the clamps. Restore power and wait for your air relief valve to produce a steady stream of water before closing it. Check to pressure gauge to ensure that your filter is properly in place.

Schedule a Complete Pool Restoration Today

At Classic Marcite, we provide top-tier services for all types of pool filters. We ensure that your systems perform efficiently so you get the most comfort from your outdoor spaces.

If you want to skip the hassle of cleaning your pool filter, see how investing in a self-cleaning pool could save you time and money.

Learn how to clean pool filters with Classic Marcite in Orlando (407) 521-6260 and Jacksonville (904) 448-4150, FL.  

Now Serving Horizon West

We’re excited to announce that Classic Marcite now extends its pool maintenance and renovation services to the Horizon West area. Residents in Horizon West can now rely on our expert team for efficient and professional pool care, including the crucial task of changing the sand in your pool filter. Trust us to keep your pool in pristine condition.

About Mike Folta
Mike Folta has served the clients of Classic Marcite for more than 15 years. He has 20+ years in the pool industry servicing large hotels and theme parks in the Greater Orlando area, as well as expertly turning backyard pools into an island oasis.