What you should know about pool filters!

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Filter Basics

Similar to your air conditioner filter it is important that you maintain a clean filter for your swimming pool.  Keeping a regular maintenance schedule is a great way to ensure your pool’s filter system is running at its peak potential.  A properly working filter is a key ingredient to having good water clarity.

Neglected filter elements

Neglected filter elements

Filtration is the process of trapping insoluble matter from the pool.  There are three types of filter media that are commonly used in swimming pools.  They are sand, cartridge, and diatomaceous earth. There are several factors that determine which type of filter is best for you. These factors include: space, maintenance, time and budget.

Sand filtration is the oldest type of water filtration. It removes small particles and usually has a long life of about 5 to 15 years.  As a result of having such a long life sand filters are considered a permanent media.  The process of backwashing cleans sand filters.

Cartridge filtration is the newest form of water filtration. It requires much less space than either sand or D.E. filters.  Cartridge filters are also the easiest filters to maintain.  However, the life span of a cartridge filter element is only 6 months to 1 year.

Clean filter elements

Clean filter elements

Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.) filtration removes the smallest particles of any filtration device.  The filter media is considered to be disposable and must be replaced whenever the system is backwashed.

Having proper filtration and circulation will keep your pool water clean and clear.  Filtration removes contaminates that foster the growth of undesirable bacteria and algae.  A clean filter allows the pool water to circulate freely without undue strain on the pump.  Crowe Pool Service will make sure your filter is cleaned on a weekly basis and operating at its highest functionality.  We pride ourselves in being a pool service provider that does not take shortcuts.  It is important to replace the cartridge element when necessary. We will make sure that we replace yours when it is needed.




About the Author:

Ryan currently resides in St Augustine where he is co-owner of Crowe Pool Service.


  1. Ryan  April 1, 2016

    The filter images in this post have new meaning these days. Life is a funny thing!!!


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