Learn tips on basic maintenance for your pool and spa.
To Clean Cartridges
Remove Cartridges from filter tank. Directions are typically on the side of the tank and in your owner's manual. Turn System Off. Shut all valves off if your system is below water level. Open air bleeder on top of tank. Drain filter tank before removing top of tank.
With a garden hose, spray all loose debris and dirt off your cartridge(s) until they appear to be clean.
You will need a container to house the cartridge(s) so they can be soaked. A clean garbage can works very well. Set cartridge(s) in container and fill with hot water if available (cold water will work). Add required amount of filter cleaner degreaser to water as it is filling.
Soak for a minimum of overnight-maximum of two days. Remove cartridges and rinse out cleaner solution thoroughly.
Rinse out bottom of filter tank and re-install cartridge(s).
Dos and Don'ts
Do...Always Always Always clean cartridges at end of season.
Don't...Wait until spring as some people do. This will DRAMATICALLY affect performance and life of cartridges. The oils and fine dirt particles become embedded.
Do...Use cartridge cleaner designed specifically for pool cartridges.
Don't...Just rinse off cartridges. Cartridge cleaner degreaser removes body oils and lotions that you cannot see.
Do...Use "filter saver" nets in skimmers during the duration of Cottonwood season if it is heavy in your area. It can prematurely clog cartridges. Filter savers will catch the debris in the skimmer basket. It will require you to empty basket frequently during this time.
Do...Use "Pool or Spa Perfect" or similar enzyme, especially under heavy use. These enzymes "digest" unwanted body oils and lotions promoting longevity in your cartridges.
Evaporation is a major player in water loss in a swimming pool. It is dependent on a variety of environmental and pool related conditions such as wind, water temp, dew point and barometric pressure. Because of this, the evaporation rate can vary greatly from day to day and even pool to pool.
If you suspect a leak, you can do this simple test to determine if water loss is due to evaporation or an actual leak. The bucket test exposes water in a bucket to the same conditions as those affecting your pool. From the results of this test, we can not only tell if there is a leak, but better pinpoint where in the pool the loss is coming from and determine what type of leak detection is necessary.
Bucket Test Procedure:
Bring pool water to its normal level, DO NOT USE the pool heater or solar blanket for the duration of the test.
Fill an empty bucket (drywall or 5 gallon pail work best) to about 4" from the top with POOL water.
Place the bucket on lowest step possible without pool water flowing over into it.
Mark the water level inside the bucket.
Mark the water level of the pool on the outside of the bucket, on the pool wall or skimmer faceplate.
Let system run for 24 hours non-stop.
After 24 hours are up, write down how much water was lost in pool (if any), and how much water was lost in bucket (if any) at the bottom of this sheet.
Repeat the test only this time do it for 24 hours with the system completely off.
After 24 hours with system off, write down how much water was lost in pool (if any), and how much water was lost in bucket (if any) at the bottom of this sheet.