Understanding Pool Sand and Sand Filters
Sand pool filters are generally low maintenance and relatively simple to maintain. A sand pool filter requires a full season’s worth of filtration cycles to operate at peak efficiency, but after three years, it will start to decline in performance.
Sand pool filters work by trapping microbes that can form and collect. Without proper filtration, these microbes and particles help algae bloom, creating an unsightly and unhealthy scene in your pool. As water from the pool passes through the sand filter, algae particles and other debris become trapped in the sand while the filtered pool water escapes.
Why Sand Replacement is Crucial
If you wait too long to replace the sand in your filter, algae may begin to form quickly. If the sand in your filter is too clumpy and worn, it won’t effectively filter the water that passes into the filter. Instead of passing through the sand, the water will travel around the edges of the filter.
Pool filtration and chemical treatment are crucial for maintaining a healthy and functional pool. If you fail to replace the sand in your filter in a timely manner, the chemicals you use to treat your pool water may not be as effective. Poor sand filtration can lead to excessive chemical use. Not only is this expensive, it can also be unpleasant for swimmers to be in over-treated water.
Another reason to regularly check and replace the sand is to protect the filter. If your sand is worn and clumpy, it builds pressure inside the filter. Over time, it can build to potentially damaging levels. By replacing the sand regularly, you protect the filter and keep it running at peak efficiency.
Pool owners have several options for filtration systems, and sand pool filters offer a straightforward, low-hassle solution to pool maintenance. However, it’s important to regularly inspect your sand filter to ensure your pool isn’t a health hazard to you and other swimmers and to keep your filter functioning for years to come.