Having a pool requires using a lot of equipment to keep and maintain the pool. This article will discuss the most common equipment that is used in a pool, your pool filter, and what you should look for in that filter equipment.
Pool filters are essential in filtering out the gunk from your pool and keeping it sparkling clean. There are three basic types of pool filters that are commonly used, sand, cartridge, and diatomaceous earth (DE) filters. Different parts of the world have different preferences but most consider DE filters to be the highest quality and best at killing insects and removing them from the pool.
Some people prefer sand filters as they work by using sand to remove the big particles and backwashing water out of the sand to clean it out. When the sand is dirty it is thrown away and these filters require some manual labor. Cartridges are some of the most popular filter options out there as they are easy to maintain and require little effort to do so. They simply have to be washed out twice a year with hose water. However, cartridge filters will not remove all of the small particles that DE filters do and are more expensive than sand filters.
DE filters provide for the cleanest pool and contain microscopic diatomaceous earth on the filter which removes even the tiniest particles from your pool. The diatomaceous earth is embedded on the filter screen and will remove even the tiniest particles from the water in your pool and serve as a way of removing insects. While these are efficient and effective they are often more expensive than the other types of pool filters mentioned in this article.
Beyond the type of pool filter that you choose, other factors go into how successful the pool filter that you have is. One of those factors is the size of the filter and this should be kept in mind just as much as filter type when you are buying one.
People get pools for many reasons including the convenience they provide, the ability to swim in private, and the added exercise that they get from using their pool. Saving money is never a factor and pools have a reputation of being expensive, particularly from a maintenance standpoint. People have even called a pool that whole in the ground that you throw money into. While pools are irrefutably more expensive than a grass-covered yard, there are ways to cut down on your costs with affordable maintenance steps.
The most essential way to save money with pool maintenance is to perform the maintenance yourself and without the assistance of a pool maintenance company. To do so you will obviously need to get acquainted with the basics of pool maintenance including using the right chemicals, the untracked of pool ph levels, and the appropriate pool filters and equipment needed to maintain your pool.
All of this takes time and patience but is hardly impossible to do. To maintain a pool on your own spend time reading the manufacturers’ recommendations for your pool equipment. Learn about the pool pump and make sure you understand what maintenance you need on the equipment and the typical life for each part.
The key to maintaining your pool is planning and regularity. Use a good quality pool cover during the winter and off months and be sure to skim your pool for debris every few days even if you aren’t planning on using your pool. If reasonable to do so, remove all foliage and nearby trees and purchase a high-quality pool vacuum that you use regularly. Test your pool regularly and don’t be afraid of using chemicals in your pool to kill off unwanted pool invaders.
Next, you should consider pool chemicals and what is typically involved in maintaining the pool ph balance. Pool chemicals will likely make up a significant portion of the cost of your pool maintenance and finding ways to purchase pool chemicals cheaply can save you a lot of money. Find out where pool maintenance stores buy their supplies and don’t be afraid to buy pool chemicals in bulk as they don’t go bad for many years.
Finally, be sure to consider the amount of time that you spend on pool maintenance and see if paying the premium for a maintenance contract is worthwhile. While professional pool maintenance is expensive it may be worth it if you are able to use your pool for its intended purpose; resting and relaxing.