Intex swimming pool Filtration (aka Pool filter systems)
For the second key we will be talking about Intex Swimming pool Filtration and how each types work with your type of Intex Pool.For the second key we will be talking about Filtration and how each types work with your type of Intex Pool.
Now that we have the water circulating as the best that we can for our Intex,Bestway or Coleman pools, We need to focus on what type of filtration system you’ll want to put in-place. Remember I told you before that the stock Pumps and filter systems sold with these pools are to weak in horse power to circulate and filter the size of the pool correctly.
It’s critical to improve the circulation even more then we did prior, We must get a pump and filter system that is the correct horse power to move that much water!
Intex swimming pool
There are 4 types of Filter systems SAND, CARTRIDGE, DE, and Salt Water.
Here we will be talking about the most common used 3, since Salt water filter are new, and do not use chlorine will will discuss them at a later time here.
Sand Filters for Intex swimming Pools remove the largest of Particles
While Cartridge and DE filters remove the smaller particles DE being the best at removing small particles.
Sand Filters for Intex,Bestway and Coleman Pools– have 3 main features in common when it comes to performance.
1.This one is a no brainer, they all use sand (some of the older filters may have gravel in with the sand).
2.The dirty pool water enters at the top of these filters and must travel threw the sand to remove the particles in the pool water.
3.Clean water is collected in the bottom of the tank and forced back into the pool.
Sand filters are the most common filters for Intex Swimming pools, Many of the leading industry makes them and great for non-chlorine santizing products such as bigunanides (bioGuard products).
Sand filters are among the oldest type of pool filters, It’s also one of the oldest ways humans have been filtering water. Ancient civilizations used sand to filter drinking water.
Its Been a way to filter water that will stand the test of time, but you may want to consider newer types of filter technology made more recent for a truly clean pool.
Cons to a Sand Filter system for Intex Swimming pools are among, More time to filter the water.It’s a very wasteful filter in water consumption, many times over you’ll lose 100’s of gallons of water per cycle, and the sand in the tank is heavy specially when wet.
How to care for Intex swimming Pool Sand Filters
Backwash only when needed – a dirty sand filter pulls out much more finer particles – usually no more than once a week is recommended. Chemically clean the filter about 2 to 3 times per season (after initial cleaning & at mid season and when closing the pool).this will break up & remove accumulated greases, oils & dirt that has become embedded in the sand and or gravels. Change the sand about every 2 – 4 swimming seasons (one season equals about 3 – 5 months) – sand crystals lose their “sharpness/Edge” & and can not trap dirt & debris like it once was able too. Please review these note on Chemical Cleaning below.
Cartridge Filters-much like sand filter cartridge filters for Intex Swimming pools have 3 things in common to each other as well.
1.They are some type of pleated fiber cartridge filter.
2.The dirty swimming pool water enters threw the cartridge to be filter of the small particles.
3.Clean water is capture opposite of the water flowing in then filter back into the swimming pool.
Many people notice cleaner water form the cartridge swimming pool filters over the sand filters.
Many years ago Cartridge swimming pool filters were only popular in the Sunbelt region of the united states, How ever today many companies like Intex and Bestway pools use these filters for their soft sided Intex Swimming pools.
Best thing about cartridge pool filters systems is they can be used with any pool sanitizing system,! thats right any!
Because of they have a huge filter surface area (these pleated fiber material filters can be as large as several hundred square feet in comparison to under 4 square feet in the largest residential sand filter systems), cartridge filters normally take a longer time to get dirty between your cleanings. A properly sized cartridge filter may only need to be cleaned 2 or 3 times per season. When sized right, less vacuuming may be needed due to the finer filtration of particles out of the swimming pool.
Cons to a Cartridge filter for swimming pools: Proper sizing of the filter to do the proper job is crucial and must be consider and done right. Trying to use an aboveground filter on an in-ground pool will never work nor should it. Filter must be disassembled & cleaned about once each month but only takes a few mins.
Care of Cartridge Filters: Clean only when needed about once a month. Cleaning is done by taking the filter apart & hosing off the accumulated dirt,debris and oils from the cartridge. Chemically clean 2 times per season to (after initial cleaning & at mid season) break up & remove accumulated greases, oils & dirt that has become embedded in the cartridge fiber material. Replace the cartridge about every 2 – 4 swimming seasons (one season equals about 3 -5 months). Please review these notes on Chemical Cleaning.
De Filters for Swimming pools- Diatomaceous Earth Filters, or DE swimming pool filters from here on out, are made from tiny fossilized microorganisms and has better properties then Sand filter systems for pool.
DE filters have the ability to filter particles as small as 2 – 5 microns in size (the size of algae & even some large bacteria).
Water goes into the filter & passes through the DE coated septum. Under a microscope, DE looks like little sponges with tiny holes & nooks & crannies that trap all kinds of stuff. The clean water is then collected & returned back to your pool.
In many places you can or are urged to use DE replacements, such as Aqua Pearl, which are lighter in weight & more biodegradable than DE. Especially compared to sand filters, you don’t get just filtered water, you get polished water.
DE filters eliminate many pool care problems because of the superior filtration system they offer . A DE filter has the capability to take a dark green, algae encrusted pool & turn it into a crystal clear paradise in a matter of a few days instead of a week or longer. Many pool owners notice how less often they “need” to vacuum the pool. However, there is more care needed in maintaining a DE filter system for swimming pools.
Cons of this type of filter system: DE filters tend to clog up easier – partially because of the function of the fine filtration ability it does have. If you have a really dirty pool, the filter may clog up every couple of hours & you may have to change the DE. That’s normal. However, you will reap the clarity results in much less time since you are removing the DE and replacing it, you are also removing all the fine particles. The other drawback is the waste or used DE. In many municipalities it is considered a hazard waste material & therefore needs to be treated as such ( how ever DE is great for the gardens to keep insects from crawling along the ground and harming plants!). Check your local authorities for details.
Care of DE Filters: Clean only when needed. Some DE filters come with backwash valves while others need to be “bumped”. Physically clean (2 times per season) the filter by taking the filter apart & hosing off the accumulated dirt & debris from the grids or fingers – backwashing or bumping may not fully remove the used DE. Chemically clean the filter 2 times per season (after initial cleaning & at mid season) to break up & remove accumulated greases, oils & dirt that has become embedded in the septum material. If regularly chemically cleaned, the grids should provide a life of, 7 years or more. Please review the note on Chemical Cleaning below.
Filter your water for 8 to 12 hours every day from opening to closing. Use a timer so that you don’t forget and save money. By the way, for the best filtration, be sure to chemically clean your filter about twice each season to remove accumulations of greases, oils & other swimmer and environmental waste that clog your pool filter & that routine backwashing & rinsing will NOT remove.