Summer is here, so now’s the time to make sure your pool is in working order. Be ready to take full advantage of this time spent at home lounging by the pool, and don’t miss out on the sunny days up ahead.

Plus, now more than ever, we’re granted the  opportunity to check off a few things from your never ending to-do list. Organize the garage? Check. Clean out the linen closet? Done. Assess your pool’s filtration system? Hmm…

Here’s a quick how-to on maintaining your pool filter…

Pentair DE Filter

If You Have a DE Filter…

You’ve noticed it definitely removes smaller particles than other filters, however DE filters can be a little tricky when cleaning and maintaining.

You can partially clean your DE filter by backwashing. Simply reverse the flow of water through the filter and you’re good to go. However, you’ll notice that after each backwashing, the filter grids will need to be recoated with new diatomaceous earth (DE) as the backwashing breaks it down. This process is relatively easy and effective, but you can’t rely on backwashing alone as it won’t remove all the dirt and debris. At least once a year, you’ll need to open the filter and chemically clean each grid individually to keep your DE clean and functional.

And just as a heads up, this periodic maintenance may come at a cost. Diatomaceous earth (DE) can’t be tossed in the regular trash or down the sewer. In fact, most communities require you to put the DE in a separate bag for proper environmental disposal. Call Kelly’s Pool Care for information regarding your local regulations.

Pentair Cartridge Filter

If You Have a Cartridge Filter…

You’ve (hopefully) been running it at a lower water pressure than you would for a sand or DE filter.  If you’ve noticed, this lower pressure puts less backpressure on the pump, allowing for a smaller pump and bigger energy savings.

More good news? A cartridge filter will strain out particles as low as five microns. Plus, these filters only have to be cleaned once or twice a year simply by hosing them off. Enjoy a clean pool with minimal maintenance.

Pentair Sand Filter

If You Have a Sand Filter…

You’ve noticed that like all filters, your sand filter actually cleans better the dirtier it gets. However, it’s necessary to give it a routine cleanup every so often.

And when it comes to sand filters, there’s only one way to clean it: backwashing. Your sand filter can last for years on backwashing alone. Unlike DE filters, there are no grids to clean or sand to add. All you have to do is backwash, sit back, and enjoy your pool’s clean water.

As you’re checking off items on your home improvement to-do list, make sure you prioritize your backyard. Whether it’s your pool’s filter, remodeling questions or tips for summertime maintenance, Kelly’s Pool Care will get you ready for the upcoming swimming season.

Keep Your Pool Clear and Clean

Let us set you up with the right filter and chemical maintenance program.