Performing daily maintenance on your pool will allow you to keep it clean and running properly all year long. Especially if you live in a part of the country where the swimming season begins to extend into the fall, it is very important that you take the necessary steps to ensure that all of the systems in your pool are in working order. This means skimming the water and cleaning leaves out of the filter and vacuum so that they do not cause damage and keep you from enjoying your pool. The biggest thing to keep an eye on is your pool’s filtration system, which is used to remove debris from your pool and ensure that your water is clean and safe to swim in. To do so you will need to know why it is important to replace filters when necessary and how to tell when it is time to buy new filter cartridges.
Reasons to Change the Filter Cartridges in Your Pool
Just like nearly everything else you purchase for your home, pool filter cartridges will not last forever. While you can extend the life of your filter cartridges for years by properly maintaining and cleaning them, eventually you will need to buy replacement filters. The reason is that over time your cartridges will get clogged with dirt, leaves or other debris and your filter will not be able to draw water in with the speed needed to clean your pool. In some areas there are legal requirements that regulate how quickly water in the pool must go through the filtration system.
New pool filter cartridges will allow water to pass through more easily so that the filter is more effective in trapping the dirt and other particles that are contaminating your pool. Every pool owner wants sparkling clean water so that friends and family can enjoy the pool knowing that it is safe. Due to their nature of trapping debris in their fabric, filters will not be able to stop everything forever.
How to Tell When Your Pool Filter Cartridges Need to Be Changed
Sometimes, it can be difficult to tell when you need to replace your pool filter cartridges rather than just routinely cleaning them. However, there are a few instances that may come up that will tell you it is better to buy a replacement. If your filter cartridges have bands on them and they start to break, it may be time to make a change. These bands hold the filter together and give you the optimal surface area for trapping debris. Without them your filter is less effective and will cost you more money because you need to run the system more often.
Over time, the fabric in your filter cartridges will begin to wear out from repeated use. If your cartridges begin to fray or you can see holes, it is no longer doing its job. In addition, the rigid nature of the pleats in the fabric may start to give and become flat. If you notice the end caps of the filter beginning to crack, you should also buy a replacement cartridge because once it breaks completely the entire filter can come apart.
Since there are many factors that play a role in how long a filter cartridge will last in your pool, it is tough to put a definitive time on when you need to replace them. A good tip is to keep a spare set of cartridges on hand so that you can swap them into your system when you are cleaning out or replacing your current set. This is so you minimize downtime and can get back to enjoying your pool.