The introduction of new filters that is cartridge based has totally eliminated the need of cleaning the walls of the pool with acids. Now, acids can be used just to clean the cartridge of the filter that gets clogged with impurities. That too is seldom required as just hosing with jets of water releases the impurities that sticks on the filter surface. Mostly muriatic acid is brought to use to clean cartridge filters. Filters of brands like Jacuzzi when cleaned with acids remain completely clean and they can be reused for filtration purposes. Thus the installation of a Jacuzzi cartridge filter
shall keep your swimming pool clean and there will no longer be the need to make use of acids in pools.
2. How often should a cartridge filter be cleaned?
It is generally recommended by all manufacturers that when the filter pressure reaches 8 to 10 psi then the cartridge needs cleaning. However, this is not always the case and the filter needs to be checked regularly to find for accumulated impurities. In case the impurities concentration rise at anytime the filter should be cleaned with water and acids. Regular cleaning enhances the life of the cartridge material used in filters. Normally, cleaning once in a week is recommended by brands like Unicel and Astral.
3. Do I have to add Chlorine in Pools?
Chlorine is being added with the intention to kill micro-organisms in pool water. This has been nullified by the use of ‘cartridge filters’. The reason is such kind of filters is capable of capturing microorganisms that are microscopic in size. Their cartridge is built in a way that it has very tiny pores that coagulate the dirt particles including the micro-organisms. The users, however, can use chlorine to kill and wipe-out the micro-organisms while cleaning clogged cartridges. Chlorine actually reacts with water to form hypochlorous acid (HOCl) that is the active killing form of chlorine. Chlorine reacts with water as 2Cl (chlorine) + H2O (water), give HOCl (hypochlorous acid) + HCl (hydrochloric acid). Chlorine ions slash thorough the cell walls of micro-organisms and destroy cell structure, enzymes and processes. Hence, it kills harmful organisms. But as using a Harmsco Cartridge filter
, for instance, eliminates any chances of microbe-presence in the water, it would be futile to use chlorine in pools.
4. Does cartridge filters alone serve the purpose to keep walls and bed of swimming pools clean?
It is good practice to use pumps to clean bottom and walls of pools. But then that really do not serve the purpose completely. The reason is pumps are not able to pick impurity particles that are microscopic in size. It is only the installation of cartridge filter
that makes it possible to trap minute dirt particles that remain suspended in pond systems. On installing a Starite cartridge filter or Jacuzzi filtering equipment, it even becomes possible to remove algae and bacteria from the pool water. So, dirt that cannot be removed by any other equipment can be trapped with cartridge filters. The filters thus play a very important role in keeping ponds clean.