When to change filter media in sand filter?

When to change filter media in sand filter?

An important part of being a pool owner is regular maintenance and proper upkeep. This includes your pool equipment. Hawaiian Pools recommends you change the sand in your sand filter every two to three years. The following issues are things to look out for to know when it is time to change the sand in your sand filter. 

A Slow Sand Filter

In this case the filter looks fine and seems to be running fine, but not filtering debris from your pool as it should. If your water is balanced and your backwash valve is working and you can’t find any other issues it may be time to change the filter media in your sand filter. 

Dirty Sand Filter

Key things to look out for with this issue is backwashing cycles becoming shorter . If they are check to see if the sand filter is dirty or greasy. If the filter is dirty or greasy, the water may not flow through the sand filter media. If this happens a good fix is to replace the sand filter media. 

It is important to keep your pool water chemistry and sanitization within the recommended ranges to ensure a longer life span of the filter media in your sand filter. Improper care of your water can leave suspended particles and microbes in your pool. This will make your sand filter work overtime to clear the water of all the impurities putting excess strain on the sand media. This can lead to your sand filter wearing out and stagnating the water circulation leading to cloudy pool water. 

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