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Cartridge Filters have a large paper type filter inside (looks like a large car/truck air filter) these filters will have a screw lock or knob to loosen the lid of filter assembly. Once the lid is removed you will be able to pull the filter out and clean by using the water hose with a pressure nozzle to rinse the debris off the filter. These filters normally will be replaced every 2-3 years they also have an o-ring seal like the pump strainer lid that should be cleaned and treated the same. These filters should be cleaned every 3 months.
Diatomaceous Earth filters will have 8-10 filter grids inside the filter assembly that the D.E. powder sticks to and creates the filtering method. Backwashing of a D.E. filter is done by turning the main valve from the filter position to the back wash position. Always turn the pump off when rotating the valve. About 20 second after turning the pump on in the backwash position you should see the waste water running out (look at the sight glass if your waste water doesn’t come out near the filter) turn to a dirty brown color once the water turns clean the filter is clean (normally), if not repeat this process again. Consult the label on filter to see how much D.E. to add back. This is done by measuring out the D.E. mixing with water into a bucket and creating a slurry, and then pouring the D.E. slowly back into the skimmer make sure you have turned the valve back to the filter position. The waste position on the main valve just drains water out of the pool it doesn’t clean the filter. Remember to add water to the pool while performing a backwash. To clean this filter you must completely remove all grids. This should be done by a professional to ensure proper reassemble. DE filters should be cleaned at least 2 times per year.
In Sand Filters backwashing is done the same as a D.E. filter however the sand stays in the assembly you only add sand during a complete sand filter replacement.
There are various problems that can arise during normal pump operation. The pump draws water from the pool, forces it through a filter and circulates clean water throughout the pool. If this is no longer happening, it may be time for Bespoke Pools to install a new pool pump. If you’re experiencing trouble with your pump call the professionals at Klein Pool Care. We service all brands of pumps and your issues will be resolved quickly by our expertly trained and experienced technicians. They are capable of quickly diagnosing the problem and then discussing the various repair solutions with you. We also offer energy saving upgrades to help our customers reduce electrical costs and promote conservation.
At Bespoke Pools, all our technicians are trained and tested to ensure they are providing a prompt, quality service at an affordable price. Whether your pool pump is making a strange noise or it's just extremely loud, it may be time to replace it's motor. All technicians are licensed, insured and are highly experienced and trained within all aspects of pool maintenance and repair.
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Let me try and explain some of the methodology behind run time decisions. The proper run time required varies with each pool due to use, hydraulic design and filtration system. The purpose of run time is to circulate the pool water long enough to “turn over” the volume of water in a pool (have all the water pass through the filter) at least once per day.
So if your pool was designed to the minimum standard you would need to run your pool 12 hours a day to get all the water through the filter once. When heat and rain increase you would need to increase your run time to get more than one turnover per day to help handle the extra filtration needs that Florida’s summer presents.
Luckily most systems we see are designed to turn over the pool more quickly and have large enough systems to handle greater flow rates. Typical Florida pool turn over in 8 hours by design. Therefore we can come up with some general rules of thumb for run time assuming an average pool with a 7-8 hour turnover rate.
Other factors that will affect run time: Heated Pools, Under or Oversized Equipment, Dirty Filters, Poor Circulation, Usage, Water Features, Spas, Pollen Season, Clogged Lines, and Variable speed motors.
For our clients on service we adjust your run times throughout the year based upon your system and its specific requirements- no need to worry about it. If you have specific questions about proper run times for your pool please call the experts at Bespoke Pools, we’re happy to help.