IMG_2733-225x300I think I have had my pool filter for a while now, but I’m not sure how to tell when I should get a new one? 

What is a purpose of a filter?

The primary purpose of a filter is to collect contaminants that try to make their way into your pool such as dust, leaves, pollen, algae, and bacteria. A filter plays a very vital role in keeping your pool clean, and your pool equipment functioning properly.

My Filter Looks Fine, Do I Still Need to Change It?

Looks aren’t everything when it comes to filter cartridges

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A FILTER SYSTEM’S EFFECTIVENESS IS MEASURED BY HOW SMALL THE PARTICLES IT CAN COLLECT ARE. THESE PARTICLES ARE KNOWN MICRONS. A HUMAN HAIR IS ABOUT 70 MICRONS. HUMANS CAN VISUALLY SEE THINGS AS SMALL AS 40 MICRONS. A NEW FILTER CARTRIDGE WILL CATCH PARTICLES AS SMALL AS 15 MICRONS. ABOUT TWICE THE SIZE OF A RED BLOOD CELL.

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HOWEVER, OVER TIME, A FILTER CARTRIDGE’S ABILITY TO CATCH PARTICLES THAT SMALL DRASTICALLY DECREASES. THIS IMAGE SHOWS AN EXAMPLE OF OLD FILTER THAT, DUE TO GENERAL USE AND WEAR & TEAR, IT CAN ONLY CATCH PARTICLES AS SMALL AS 35 MICRONS. SO YOU CAN’T ALWAYS JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER: A FILTER MAY LOOK FINE TO THE EYE BUT REMEMBER IT’S ABILITY TO CATCH SMALLER ALGAE AND DEBRIS GOES DOWNHILL AFTER A YEAR. ALGAE RANGES FROM 1 MICRON AND UP SO RENEWING YOUR FILTER ANNUALLY WILL PREVENT A LOT OF ALGAE FROM MAKING ITS WAY INTO YOUR LOVELY POOL. 

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DISADVANTAGES OF AN OLD FILTER

-Restrict Flow

-Greater Chance For algae growth

-Unable to filtrate Smaller Particles and bacteria

-Strain on your equipment

-Inadvertently costS more in electric bills

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ADVANTAGES OF A NEW FILTER

– SAVES ON ELECTRIC

-KEEPS POOL SANITARY

-CUTS COST OF FUTURE NEEDED REPAIRS

KEEPS YOUR POOL EXTRA CLEAN 

IT ISHIGHLYY RECOMMENDED AS A RULE OF THUMB TO CHANGE OUT YOUR FILTER CARTRIDGE ANNUALLY.

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