A pool filter acts as the last line of defense in trapping debris and removing contaminants keeping your swimming pool clean. Thus, it is imperative that you always use the right pool filter and keep it clean as you possibly can. You can make your own pool filter cleaner homemade to supplement or replace the cartridge filter you may be using in your pool. In this article we will give you valuable pool filter cleaner homemade tips, but before that let’s first discuss the different types of air cleaners.
Types of Pool Filter Cleaners
There are three major types of pool filters: Diatomaceous Earth Filters, Cartridge Filters and Sand Filters. Each of these pool filters has its own pros and cons. Their cost and ease of use also vary widely. Type of filter you choose will largely depend on your preference.
Diatomaceous Earth Filters
These pool filters use a filter powder, known as Diatomaceous Earth, to remove debris of up to 5 to 8 microns. Since Diatomaceous Earth is much finer than sand, it is much more effective when it comes to removing debris from your pool water. For optimal results, DE power should be added after you vacuum and later backwashed. DE Filters are more expensive than the other two types of pool filters.
These pool filters use a paper type cartridge to remove debris from your pool water. They have a bad reputation as they are difficult to maintain. Cartridge filters should also be cleaned twice a year for optimal results. Cartridge filters are cheap to acquire, but are not as effective as DE and Sand Filters.
They are the second-most effective filters from the DE filters. Sand filters use sand to remove dirt and debris to from your pool water. They are easy to maintain as the filter sand should be replaced three to five years. You can also make sand filters easily at home. Here are the critical steps to follow when making a sand pool filter at home.
How to Make a Sand Pool Filter at Home
Step 1: Gather all the Necessary Materials.
You will need a 10-gallon, rectangular shaped clear, lidded plastic storage container,10-pound bag of pool filter sand, 20-feet pool pump tubing, power drill, plumbing tape, nylon stockings, caulking gun and silicone caulking.
Step 2: Construct the Sand Pool Filter
Punch two round holes in the plastic container using a drill. Make one hole on the narrow container ends 1/2 inch from the bottom and the other in the middle of the lid. The holes must be of the same size as the diameter of your air filter. Run the tubing from the top of the pool to the sand filler container. Put the sand filter near the cartridge filter and the pump, before inserting the next tube to the bottom of the container. This second pipe will take the clean water into the pool. Use the silicone caulking to seal the openings until its waterproof. On the bottom tube, place nylon stocking and caulk it using a silicone sealant.
Step 3: Add Filter Sand
Now add filter sand into the container until its 3/4 full. Put water on top of the sand and after it’s full, place the back and use strap clamps to tie it.
Step 4: Switch the Pool Pump On
Switch the pool pump and check whether the filter is leaking. If it’s leaking fix it with more caulking. Inspect your pool filter cleaner homemade weekly.