How often Should You Replace Your Pool Filter

How often should you replace your pool filter? The need to replace your pool filter depends on many things but sitting at the top of the list is pool traffic.

Each person that gets into your pool leaves body oil, sunscreen, dirt as well as hair behind. All of this material eventually makes its way into the pool filter. Below are a few more tips that you can consider as well if you want to know how often you should replace your pool filter.

So how often should you replace your pool filter? If you have a lot of trees in your yard and you continually find leaves and other debris in the pool, you should check the pool filter at least once a week.

You may not have to replace it but it’s a good idea to spray any leaves off the filter with your water hose. Check the pool pump as well, because if there are leaves on the swimming pool filter, there will be leaves floating around in the water of the pump.

Pool Parties – If you regularly have the neighborhood kids or family over that use the pool, you may have to change the pool filter often. Even though your pool is chemically treated all of the dirt, oils and body hair still make their way into your swimming pool filter. Body oil and lotions leave a sheen or film in the water.

When either is sucked into the pool filter, they block the flow of water through the filter. This is that brown scummy looking stuff that you see on the pool filter.

If you don’t replace the pool filter, this gunk will just keep recycling through the pool water and cause black or green mold to appear on the bottom and sides of your pool.

Pool Cleaning – Every time that you perform a thorough cleaning of your pool, turn on the filtration system and let it filter the pool water for at least 3 hours.

Before you use the pool, change the filter. If your pool had mold growing before you cleaned it, let the filter system run for 5 hours and then change the pool filter.

Before pool season starts, I usually buy 10 swimming pool filters, my chemicals and a 5 gallon bucket. I use the water hose to clean and save all of the filters that are still in good shape.

After I clean the filters, I soak them in the 5 gallon bucket in a mixture of water and pool bleach for a few days. When I remove them, from the bucket, they are disinfected and they look brand new. I reuse the pool filters at the end of the summer when you can’t find pool filters in any store.

You likely already know from experience that having a pool and keeping up with its maintenance is like having a part time summer job that does not even offer monetary compensation. It may be a chore but remembering to keep the pool cover on the pool whenever it is not being used will save you a lot of grief.