What’s Fact and Fiction with Filters
When it comes to sifting through all the information out there regarding proper pool filtration, it’s important to know where to start.
“The number one thing customers need to realize is that, if your filter’s not filtering, then you're not going to have good water chemistry and you're not going to have sparkling water,” says Dawn Elser, Paces Pool Service’s Service Manager. “And you're certainly not going to have safe water to swim in. Your filter is very important. It's kind of like the lungs of a pool.”
After recognizing how vital filters are to the flow of your pool, you still don’t want to dive head-first into a purchase because of all the options. Three types of filters dominate the industry: sand, diatomaceous earth (D.E.) and cartridge. Naturally, all have their advantages and disadvantages.
Sand filters have been around the longest, are popular in the South and prove the most economical. Unfortunately, they also trap the fewest impurities (20 to 40 micron-sized debris). D.E. filters are much more effective (2 to 5 microns), but they’re costlier to buy and maintain. On the other hand, cartridge filters trap 10 to 15 micros, cover the largest area and don’t require cleaning at every pool service. They’re also the most expensive in the bunch.
But no matter which way you’re leaning for your next purchase, Elser wants to make it clear that a good filter is key to a happy swim. “With all filters,” she says, “if it looks like there's dirt coming back through when the water is returning from the filter, then you have a filter problem.”
We know that’s a lot to wade through. But breathe easy. The Paces Pool Service team can help you decide which filter will best fit your needs.