July 18, 2016
Proper Filtration for Luxury Pools in Atlanta
Owners of luxury pools want to ensure they are clean and sparkling throughout the summer. However, one of the most overlooked aspects of keeping water clear is filter cleaning .When the pool’s filter isn’t working properly, the water is going to suffer for it. The two main consequences are water cloudiness and algae. Fortunately, proper filtration can keep your pool in check.
Sand filters and cartridge filters are the two most common types of pool filters. It is important to consider how each benefits luxury pools.
Sand has become a popular method of filtration throughout Georgia. Although sand is not the most effective filtering method for water clarity, it works very well in many cases. What many owners don’t know is that they need to replace the sand in their filter every one to three years. That makes it not a bad idea to replace the sand after one year. The reason is because the sand filter can “gum up,” making the sand less effective. To change out your sand filter, you do the following:
- Drain the water from the pump’s tank and remove the filter head. Scoop out the old sand. You may need to vacuum out the sand
- Fill the tank up with water about halfway.
- Add the pool filter sand to the tank. It must be pool filter sand and no other type. The proper amount will be specified on the front of the tank.
- Reattach the head of the filter and then backwash water for around 30 seconds.
- Return the filtration system to filter mode to ensure there are no leaks.
Cartridge filters are becoming popular throughout Georgia. What makes these filters so appealing for luxury pools is that they can catch smaller particles than sand and you don’t need to backwash when you change a cartridge filter. Cartridge filters can be easily cleaned with a pressurized garden hose, which can take just 5 o 10 minutes and then you replace the cartridge back into the tank. Cartridge filters should be cleaned every 4 to 6 weeks. Another way to clean a cartridge is through chemical soaking with chemicals purchased from the local pool store. You add the chemical to a bucket of water and let the cartridge soak for 24 hours. This is typical when there is an algae problem that has caused algae to become embedded in the filter pleats. You have to completely kill algae in order to avoid more in the future. Cartridges should be replaced every 1 to 2 years.
Talk to an Experienced Builder of Luxury Pools
Shane LeBlanc is an award-winning builder of luxury pools throughout Atlanta, Georgia, and all over the country. If you need a new high-end pool or you want to remodel your existing pool and turn your space into everything you want it to be, call today at 678-519-1501 or email [email protected]