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Pool Filter Systems

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Filters and Pumps for

Above Ground Pools

Are you looking for the ideal pool filter to maintain the pristine cleanliness of your swimming pool? It might be difficult to choose the best pool filter because there are so many different kinds available. But don't worry; our helpful shopping guide for pool filters will assist you in selecting the best filter for your needs. After all, a clean, healthy pool depends on a proper pool filter.

Select a Filter Based on the Type and Size of Your Pool


Together, the pool filter and pool pump serve as the pool's filtration system, circulating and cleaning the water to keep hazardous germs and debris out. Make sure the pool filter you purchase is the appropriate size for both your pool pump and your swimming pool when you go to buy one. Large pools require pool pumps with higher flow rates, which can pump more gallons per minute (gpm) and work well with bigger pool filters. Smaller pool filters should be combined with smaller pool pumps for smaller pools. Buying a combination pump and filter that includes all the necessary components is a well-liked choice for many above-ground pools.

Cartridge Pool Filters

     Are becoming more and more common for spas and above-ground pools. It has also been a popular option for owners of inground pools. For the duration of the pool season, this specific cartridge is simple to maintain and clean. The way a cartridge filtration system operates is by pumping water through the filter membranes, trapping debris in the fibers of the cartridge, and returning clean water to the pool.

   PRO TIP: It is time to remove the filter and spray it with a garden hose to eliminate extra dirt when the pressure gauge reads ten points higher than the regular reading. A replacement cartridge must be placed in order to keep the filter functioning properly because over time the cartridge will eventually lose its ability to filter. Depending on how frequently you filter your pool, cartridges need to be updated typically every 3-5 years.

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DE (Diatomaceous Earth) Pool Filters

The DE pool filter is the most effective filter in its class by a wide margin. Even the tiniest particles, as small as 2 microns, that are invisible to the naked eye, won't be able to pass the filter chamber! Diatomaceous earth is the filter medium used by DE filters. This powder is porous, allowing water to flow through but little else, giving your water an unsurpassed purity. Although DE filters are often more expensive than cartridge and sand filters, DE powder is reasonably priced. Simply sprinkle extra DE into the skimmer, where it will be drawn into the filter tank, as needed to replenish your filter system.

PROTIP: "Backwashing" – Backwash your filter when the water pressure gauge reads 8–10 lb. or more above the clean reading. To get rid of dirt, debris, and bacteria from your pool's water, all you have to do is turn a valve. You may have a push valve (also known as a sliding valve) or a multiport valve to do this operation, depending on the design of your DE filter. Cleaning the Grid - Inside the filter tank, the dirt and impurities are held in place by the DE filter grid. To get rid of accumulation, these grids must be cleaned at least a couple times year. Grids should be taken out and thoroughly cleaned with a garden hose.

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Sand Filters

Sand filters are the least expensive pool filter option, and they are also very low maintenance. Sand filters tend to trap particles within the 20-100 micron range. They work by passing water through a sand bed within the filter tank that traps the fine particles in the water.  

PROTIP: The sand filter needs to be "backwashed," much like the DE filter does. You must backwash the filter to clear it of all debris if the pressure gauge reads 8 to 10 pounds above the clean value.

Cleaning the Sand Bed - To clean and sanitize your sand bed, use sand filter cleanser. Change of the Sand Bed - A sand filter that is properly cared for will survive for many years. Disconnect the hoses and empty the sand as directed by the manufacturer to get rid of the old sand. You must use pool filter sand (#20 silica sand 45-55mm) when adding additional sand to this filter; you cannot use any sand.

After learning the fundamentals of what to look for in a pool filter, you may pick the one that best suits your pool and way of life. The correct filter will keep your water immaculate and cut down on the time you need to spend maintaining your pool.

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Mr Pools and More carries a huge selection of quality pool filters from top brands like Hayward. If you have questions about any of our pool filters or other pool products, call us at 330-225-7665 or contact us via our email form.