How To Change Sand In A Pool Filter
Making sure that your pool’s filtration system is working properly can be tough, too – but it’s vital to the ensuring quality of your pool water. So here’s Hilltop Plumbing’s quick guide on how to change sand in a pool filter.
There are lots of hidden details to pool maintenance that it’s easy to overlook.
Ensuring that your pool water has exactly the right amount of chlorine in it, for instance, can be a real chore that requires a lot of work.
Making sure that your pool’s filtration system is working properly can be tough, too – but it’s vital to the ensuring quality of your pool water.
So here’s our quick guide to how to change sand in a pool filter. Follow these 7 steps and your pool will be in perfect working order in no time.
Why change sand in a pool filter?
The reason you have to change the sand in your pool filter is that, although dirty sand actually filters more effective than fresh sand, after a while the sand starts to clog, limiting your pool’s ability to filter at all.
With that in mind, it’s probably a good idea to change the sand in a pool filter every 4 years or so, in order to guarantee you’re getting the clearest water possible.
Our 7 step guide to changing sand in a pool filter
1.First off, remove the sand in the filter with a vacuum (and be really careful to avoid any direct contact between the sand and your skin: pool filter sand can be heavily laden with bacteria).
2.Pour fresh water into the filter tank before adding any new filter sand. The reason for this is that fresh water will help soak up any impact of the falling sand on the structure of your pool.
3.Use #20 silica sand. This sand is especially suited for pool filter systems and other types of sand or you will almost certainly undermine filter system and could even damage your pool.
4.The amount of sand you use will depend on the size of your filter. Make sure you get your measurements right. Putting too much sand in the filter – or too little! – will mess around with the filter’s functionality.
5.Don’t let any sand get into the sand-pipe. This can be quite difficult to avoid doing, so you might want to secure the standpipe opening in order to stop any sand spilling into the pool by mistake.
6.Once you have put the right amount of fresh sand into the filter, replace the filter head and make sure that it is really tightly screwed on.
7.After that part of the process is complete, it’s not a bad idea to give the filter a thorough backwash. You can start this process by overfilling the pool and then backwashing for as much as 3 to 5 minutes, before completing it with a 60-second rinse cycle. Then, finally, engage the ‘filter’ setting.
Call in the professionals
Of course, if all this sounds too complicated or labor-intensive for you – or if you simply don’t have the time – there’s always another solution: call in the professionals!
Ultimately, though, changing the sand in your pool filter is an important part of maintaining the quality of your pool, even if it’s only done every few years.
So keep an eye on your pool’s filtration system and stay ahead of the curve!