How To Install A Pool Filter – Pool Equipment Installation
If your pool filter is ready to be replaced its generally best to look at replacing it with the same make and model – unless of course you have done your research and found a new improved version. Let’s have brief a look at the different types of pool filters available out there today then work on the installation process.
Types Of Pool Filters To Consider – Pool Equipment Installation
- Sand Pool Filters– These are a very popular option since they are low maintenance and user-friendly. They do however experience trouble filtering out fine dirt particles. Your pool water is passed through a special type of sand that has microparticles ranging from 20-40 microns in size. And, the sand itself will ideally last for between 5-7 years before replacement is required. Sand filters need to be backwashed every couple of weeks in order to flush out any trapped debris.
- Cartridge Filters– Cartridge filters have a much better filtering capacity and will help you save pool water. The cartridge will, however, need to be cleaned and replaced every 2-5 years. Their filtering range is from 10 to 20 microns and they look very similar to your cars air filter. Maintenance involves removing the cartridge and a manual clean with your garden hose.
- D.E. (Diatomaceous Earth Filters)– By far these pool filters are the most efficient at capturing micro particles as small as 3 microns. They also come with a much longer lifespan than the other variations, however, are the most expensive to purchase. Maintenance involves a manual grid clean every 6 months, as well as regular ‘bumping’ to mix and reposition any trapped dirt. DE is made up of an organic, porous powder that filters out the debris in your pool water.
Getting The Correct Size Pool Filter – Pool Equipment Installation
Selecting the right size pool filtere depends on your pool water volume as well as the power produced by your pool pump. Its best to check the pool size rating from the selected pool filter manufacturer and stick to these guidelines. Its also very common to buy a pool filter in a package that includes a pool pump so make sure you check the recommended use guidelines for pool size etc. and for the pump as well.
Pool Filter Installation Steps – Pool Equipment Installation
When you purchase your new pool filter it will have a specific set of instructions to follow. Run with these first since each filter has different steps to follow. In the following guidelines, we will examine the piping and physical installation steps which make up the final stage of the installation process.
- 1. Switch off all supplied electricity to your pool pump.
- 2. Close off all external valves that are part of the piping to your pool filter
- 3. Drain out all water from inside the filter by removing the drain cap
- 4. Cut off or unclamp all pipes leading to the old filter
- 5. Follow the manufacturer instructions to assemble your new filter
- 6. Move the new filter into position
- 7. Use plumbers tape to help seal any threaded pipe work
- 8. If you are replacing the old unit with the same pool filter, make and model then attach the adapters and couplings then you are ready to go
- 9. Set up all fittings dry first, test that everything fits correctly
- 10. Use pvc primer on the outside edges and inside of the pipes, as well as the inside of any fittings. This solution cleans and softens the pvc parts prior to applying pvc glue.
When you are done with the installation steps – turn on all piping valves and run water through. Check for any leaks, if there are none then you have successfully installed your pool filter. Be sure to set up a regular maintenance schedule so that you may enjoy the benefits of your pool filter for years to come.
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