Cartridge filters are the choice of many pool owners.
Cartridge filters are environmentally friendly because they do not require Diatomacheous Earth (D.E.) and the accompanying disposal of materials. Unlike sand, cartridge filters are relatively easy to open and maintain by cleaning two to three times per year.
Cartridge filter tanks have a 7 to 10-year lifespan. The actual cartridges lifespan is 2-5 years.
The longer cartridge filters are in use the more they fray and thin. They may develop holes over time. If not cleaned properly, filters can become less effective or even become clogged by the very things they are meant to clean, such as:
- Human hair
- Oils from shampoos and sunscreen
- Animals in the pool
- Garden debris
- Excess calcium buildup aka “scale”
- Imbalanced water chemistry
Garden debris and bugs naturally enter your pool on a breeze, the wind of a monsoon storm, dirty feet, and blown or swept in while gardening or landscaping. A tear or tears in your filter cartridge(s) are usually due to debris.
Any time a tear occurs, whatever the debris might be, it returns to the pool via the return lines. Having debris that stays in the water means the chemistry of your pool changes and that change means more cost in cleaning time and chemicals.
Have more questions about filter care?
Feel free to call AMCO Pool Service, at 623-932-9104 if you have concerns or questions about your swimming pool service.