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Depending on the bather load and other factors like trees, sand, pets, dirt, you may need to backwash as often as once a month.
Backwashing your D E pool filters needs to be done whenever the pressure of the filter rises 8 – 10 pounds above the normal operating pressure.
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Not doing this could result in injury.
Again, before any DE pool filter maintenance is to be done, don't change any valve positions when filtering or backwashing.
Some may recommend that you repeat these steps two or three more times so it can stir up loose dirt which was not backwashed with the first cycle. You can if you want but it's not necessary when you have a properly running DE pool water system filter.
You'll need to “re-charge” or "re-coat" the pool filter grids with fresh DE filter powder. With the filter pump running, slowly add about 1 pound of DE for every 10-12 square feet of filter space. Basically it's this: 48sf. DE filter = about 4 pounds of DE. (check your owner's manual for details and exact specifications)
I strongly urge you to get a DE scoop. This will give you the best measurement. If you have a DE scoop then 1 scoop = 1/2 lb of DE. By not putting enough DE back in the filter, you can damage the swimming pool filter grids, cause poor filtration, and other pool filter problems. Don't use a coffee can.
Just remember to check the owner's manual and/or manufacturer's instructions if you have any questions.
If you're the least bit hesitant cleaning your swimming pool DE filter, by all means hire a local and qualified swimming pool professional.
DE pool filter maintenance starts with backwashing your pool filter, but it doesn't remove oils, lotions, leaves, bacteria, algae, etc...
The DE swimming pool filters grids need to be removed and washed generally about twice a year to keep your swimming pool DE filter running properly.
How To Clean You DE Grids
To clean your swimming pool DE filter, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. The following are just suggested pool cleaning tips.
If you're at all uncomfortable about these DE pool filter maintenance steps, please contact a qualified swimming pool technician.
Once again, if you're unsure about DE pool filter maintenance, call a good pool technician
DON'T use a pressure washer to clean the grids. You'll probably tear them and then you're going to be in a world of hurt.
It's best to wash the DE filters on the grass as the DE will not harm it and is biodegradable You'll just have a big clump that looks like wet flour.
Now would be a good time to take a step back and look at the filtration system to make sure everything is in order.
This is the end of the DE pool filter maintenance page.
By properly backwashing your swimming pool DE filter, understanding DE pool filter maintenance, and using the proper pool filter cleaners, your swimming pool will be the envy of the neighborhood.
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