Regular Maintenance Your Pool’s Pump and Filter Require

A swimming pool is a great addition to your home. There’s nothing better than jumping into a refreshing pool on a hot summer day. To make your pool as fun as it can be, while avoiding any potential safety risks for your family, you should schedule regular checkups on your pool. Your pool pump and filter require regular maintenance in order to keep your pool safe and healthy. As a bonus, your pool water will be kept crystal clean. There’s very little technical skill involved with the maintenance of your pool pump and filter system, so after reading this article, you’ll be off to a great start!

Circulation is important for your pool’s well-being, and your pool pump and filter are the keys to keeping your circulation system running smoothly. The pool pump and filter work together as a team. Your pool water enters through the pump and gets pushed to the filter, which removes any form of dust, dirt, and debris before sending it back to the pool.

Typically, pump and filter maintenance should be conducted weekly. Once you start slacking off, your pool water can turn cloudy, and swimming inside won’t be so pleasant! Before you start with any pump maintenance though, remember to switch the pump off. Then dust off the pump and pull out any debris inside. Weekly maintenance may seem like a nuisance, but it will allow you to catch minor issues and eliminate them before they escalate into major problems.

There are typically three kinds of pool filters — cartridge, sand, and diatomaceous earth (DE). No matter their differences, all need to be cleaned, but with slight variations in frequency. Sand filters actually work better with a little bit of dirt inside, so they only need to be cleaned every season. As with cartridge filters, you need to first remove the cartridge from the filter and then hose off any remaining dirt and debris. To remove the oils and grease, soak the pieces in filter cleaner for at least 12 hours, then rinse off with water. Similar to sand filters, diatomaceous earth filters are cleaned by backwashing the filter. DE grids need to be cleaned once every season, while the entire DE filter need to be taken apart and cleaned every year. If you see any damages on the parts, you should replace them.

How often your pool pumps and filter need to be checked can also depend on your surrounding environment. If you live in rural areas or the suburbs, where you are surrounded by lots of trees, pollen, leaves, and other debris, you may need daily maintenance; if you live in suburban areas or the city, where there are mostly buildings and high rises, your pool will be cleaner and only require weekly maintenance. No matter what type of filter you have, or what environment you’re in, always inspect the pressure gauge when backwashing your pool filter. When the difference between the pressure gauge and flow meter reaches 10-15 pounds/square inch, it means it’s time to clean your filter.

If you have more questions regarding why you need to check up on your pool pump and filter regularly or how to best do so, feel free to book an appointment today with Seaway Pools & Hot Tubs. We have many years of experience in helping customers create their dream pools and maintaining them at their best conditions. We will always provide the best solutions for your needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at 905-294-8030, or on our toll free number 1-888-494-8030, or by email at

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