Having your own private swimming pool in your backyard is something not many people are proud of but many people dream of it, for sure. You have to search long and hard to find entertainment that is better than a swimming pool in the summer months. A private swimming pool provides entertainment and fun for the whole family, refreshment and relaxation in the hot days, a great spot for socialising when having friends over. In addition, when a swimming pool is built or installed properly and by a reliable and knowledgeable contractor, it guarantees durability, solidity, long-lasting and hard-wearing power, it won’t break the bank, and it is an investment that is all worth it in a long term.
However, even if you are lucky enough to have your own swimming pool, your responsibilities for maintaining it do not stop with the initial step of the installation process. In order to be a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable place for the whole family, your friends, and you, a swimming pool should be maintained in a perfect condition which includes clearing and filtering of the water regularly. While all the maintenance and cleaning may sound like very time- and energy-consuming processes, the truth is that all that does not require too much of your time, energy, money, and elbow grease. Just make sure you have chosen the best swimming pool filtering system for your project and you will be able to enjoy the fresh water of your pool much more than the time you spend cleaning it.
So what is the main purpose of a swimming pool filter? As simple and self-explanatory as that, a water filter will be filled by the pumped swimming pool water where the filter will do all the job for removing the undissolved debris. Depending on the ways debris is removed from the water there are three main types of swimming pool filters – sand, cartridge, and DE (Diatomaceous Earth).
Sand filters are definitely the most popular option that many people choose for their private swimming pool. One of the main advantages of sand filters is their low price compared to the other options and the easy-to-use nature. In fact, this type of filters are efficient and good enough for the majority of the residential private pools and require little to none interaction. In order to maintain the sand filter in perfect condition, all you need to do is backwashing to remove all the collected debris by turning the backwash valve. Sand filters need a replacement every five years.
Cartridge filters are known for offering a longer cleaning cycle and because of that are the most energy efficient and cost-effective option, and the ability to conserve the water the most compared to the other types of pool filters. In addition, cartridge filters do not require any backwashing which means that you are saving a significant amount of water (up to 90%). Another benefit of this specific feature of the cartridge filtration system that ensures not only lower energy consumption is that such a filter struggles with less wear and tear. These filters are also pretty easy to maintain clean – simply remove the cartridge and rinse with a hose to remove any debris.
Diatomaceous Earth (DE)
DE filters are known for providing the clearest swimming pool water the most consistently. However, DE filters are not a favourite option for many because they require significantly more maintenance. The basic method of work of the DE filtering is adding diatomaceous earth to the skimmer so that the diatomaceous earth will attach to a very fine mesh grid inside the body of the filter. The maintenance of the filter includes backwashing and adding some more diatomaceous earth through the skimmer.