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Pool filter repairs and installations

If you own a swimming pool, then you understand the importance of your filtration system and you know that having a good filter that's been well-maintained is the difference between crystal clear water and cloudy water. You also might know that a clogged or damaged filter can put significant pressure on your pool pump to work harder, which can actually cause damage to your pump as well. This is why, when it comes to filter repairs, you need to act fast. And when it comes to filter repairs or new filter installations, Priority Pool Service is the leading local company.

We believe in transparency and good, old-fashioned communication. From scheduling a service call to a completed repair, you won’t have to wonder what’s going on, how much the repair might cost, or when it will be finished.

As one of the most professional and highest-rated pool repair companies, we stand behind the quality of our work. If we make a mistake, we will be back to fix it immediately and at no additional cost to you.

From simple repairs to complex installations, we are here to help

We specialize in all aspects of pool filter repairs and installations, including:

  • Upgrading to a larger or more efficient filter
  • Adding an additional filter to your equipment pad
  • Replacing the filter cartridges or grids
  • Fixing leaks in the filter tank or plumbing
  • Replacing damaged or worn-out O-rings or gaskets
  • Repairing damaged or clogged filter valves
  • Replacing damaged or worn-out air relief valves
  • Cleaning or replacing the filter media, such as sand, DE or cartridge filters
  • Fixing or replacing pressure gauges or other monitoring equipment
  • Adjusting or replacing broken or worn-out filter clamps or bands
  • Replacing or repairing the filter lid or handle
  • Adjusting or replacing the backwash valve

This is not a complete list, and there may be other problems that require work. Our expert technicians can diagnose any pool filter problem, and get you back up and running quickly.

Quick repairs to get your system back up and running

When it comes to filter repairs, time is of the essence. Depending on what has gone wrong with your filter, it's likely that your pump is working extra hard to compensate. For instance, if your filter is clogged, your pump is having to work harder to push water through the filter cartridges or grids. Or if your filter is cracked, your pump may have a hard time priming and could run dry, usually resulting in motor damage if not addressed quickly. Conversely, a filter that has broken grids or cartridges isn't able to effectively filter out debris could cause your pool to become cloudy, murky, or even turn green with algae potentially staining your plaster. Either way, you can see it's important to address your filter repair sooner than later.

In order to ensure your pool remains safe and sanitary to swim and to prevent further damage to your system, it's important that we address any damage as soon as it's noticed.

We work with all major brands and suppliers

We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality pool equipment and products to our customers. We understand the importance of having a reliable pool filter that can withstand the test of time, which is why we supply all major brands of pool filters, including Pentair, Hayward, and Jandy.

Whether you are looking for a new filter installation or need a replacement for an existing filter, we have the expertise and knowledge to help you select the right filter for your needs.

Our team of experienced technicians will not only help you select the right brand, but we will also assist with installation, repair, and maintenance, ensuring that your pool is always running smoothly and efficiently.

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The ultimate guide to pool filters

When it comes to pool filters, there is a lot to consider. To start with, not all pools require the same type of filter. Depending on your pool size, desired water circulation speed, and other factors, you may need a sand filter system, diatomaceous earth (D.E.) filter system, or cartridge filter system. Sand filters are the most economical and efficient choice for in-ground pools of any size and have minimal maintenance requirements. Diatomaceous earth systems cost more but provide superior filtration for small or large pools. Finally, cartridge filters typically fit in-ground or above-ground spas and hot tubs that don't require high flow rates but still need effective filtering.

Before investing in a filter system, research what cleaning mechanism will work best for your needs; while manual vacuuming and skimming are necessary, some filters can make the process easier by trapping sediments, dirt, and debris.

When it comes to creating the ideal swimming experience, Priority Pool Service is here to provide you with up-to-date intel on pool filters. Our comprehensive breakdown demystifies all things filter selection, installation, and maintenance - so you can make an informed decision when choosing yours! Dive in today for a crystal-clear understanding of how best to enjoy your very own slice of paradise.

Historical evolution of pool filters

The invention of the swimming pool filter dates back to the 1930s when a filter was designed specifically for pools. This filter used sand as its primary filtering material and relied on gravity to force impurities through it. Over time, further modifications were made, such as adding a method of agitating the filter bed to increase its efficacy. After World War II, cartridge filters gained traction in the market due to their lower cost than other filtering systems. In addition, they featured pleated paper or synthetic fiber cartridges that trapped particles while allowing water through. In recent decades, diatomaceous earth (D.E.) filters have become popular additions due to their microscopic particle capture capabilities and the fact that they can be switched between pool and spa settings depending on user preference. These advances in filtration technology have helped establish pool filters as an essential part of modern-day swimming pools and spas worldwide.

Three primary types of pool filters: sand vs. cartridge vs. DE

Swimming pools need a filtration system to keep the water hygienic. To this end, several types of swimming pool filters are available to ensure that any dirt, debris, or other unwanted substances are removed from the water. Sand filters trap dirt particles between the grains of sand, cartridge filters use a paper-like material to capture anything larger than 10 microns, and D.E. filters use a blend of D.E. powder and filter media to remove particles as small as 3 microns. Regular backwashing and maintenance are an essential part of any pool filter system. Each type has its advantages and drawbacks when it comes to installation costs, maintenance needs, and effectiveness at removing all types of contaminants. When assessing which type would best meet your needs, it is crucial to consider these factors carefully.

Cartridge filters

Cartridge filters provide some impressive advantages compared to sand and D.E. filtration systems, starting with longer cleaning cycles requiring less maintenance. Cartridge filters are far more energy efficient than the other two types since they don't require a backwash valve – this minimizes the resistance put on the pump, resulting in a lower power consumption rate. Furthermore, up to 90% of water can be saved compared to other filtering methods due to the cartridge filter's larger surface area, allowing for superior cleaning performance. While all three types of filtration offer excellent results, cartridge filters stand out as an economical and environmentally friendly way to filter water.

Cartridge filters represent a highly efficient option for pool owners with high-end pumps, such as variable-speed pumps. This filter eliminates the need to backwash, reducing time and resources and allowing the pool to remain cleaner as large particles are always being collected. The extended life of these filters also makes them far more cost-effective than other filtration methods. Cleaning a cartridge filter is simple; owners must remove the cartridge(s) and rinse with a hose. Doing this regularly will ensure your pool remains crystal clear for years!

With cartridge pool filters, you never need to backwash. Not only does this save time, but it also helps conserve your energy costs! Moreover, the sleek and efficient design allows them to run effectively even at slow pump speeds, so why not upgrade? In addition, since no water is wasted in cleaning or maintenance processes, they're a great eco-friendly option that won't leave you feeling guilty about overusing resources. However, cartridge pool filters may not be suitable for larger-scale pools as they require frequent upkeep to maintain optimal performance. Rinsing your filter every eight to ten weeks will help keep it functioning effectively. At the same time, the inner cartridge should be replaced roughly every couple of years - more often than other types of filtration media.

Diatomaceous earth (D.E.) filters

D.E. filters are renowned in the pool industry for providing consistently crystal-clear water with little effort due to their unique design. Employing a D.E. filter entails adding diatomaceous earth regularly to a skimmer, causing the diatomaceous earth particles to attach to a fine mesh "grid" inside the filter body. Then, to clean it, all that is required is a simple backwash. More diatomaceous earth can then be added through the skimmer, meaning disassembly of the filter is not necessary for the general maintenance routine. Many have found this filtration system quick and efficient, but opinions on it can vary - people either love it or hate it!

D.E. filter tanks contain "fingers" or grids of crushed fossil remains of diatoms, a hard-shelled algae group with the same properties as sand media. Although D.E. filters can filter particles down to about 3 microns in size, making it the best for filtering out contaminants, this comes with significant drawbacks: the filter is known to be carcinogenic and, if used, can result in silicosis - making it necessary to wear a mask when handling; in addition, it is more expensive than other filter types and requires more time-consuming maintenance; and finally, backwashing can cause environmental harm - with some places even enforcing regulations preventing its discharge into the environment.

Sand filters

Sand filters have become somewhat outdated in recent years, as many pool owners have opted to change to cartridge filters. Some of our customers still maintain them due to their relatively low cost and easy operation, but they are not very common anymore. In comparison to cartridge and D.E. filters, sand filters are the easiest to maintain. The filter rarely, if ever, needs to be taken apart. The sand will likely need to be replaced every 5 to 7 years, but that is really the only reason that you'd ever need to open this filter. All that is generally required is a periodic backwash to flush the debris that the sand has captured.

Most sand filters only filter particles down to about 20 microns in size, much larger than the other filter types we have explored. However, some people replace traditional sand with a similar media called ZeoSand, which can increase the ability of a sand filter to capture particles down to about 5 microns in size. The downside of using ZeoSand is that it will need to be replaced more frequently than traditional sand.

Deciding which filter is right for you

Choosing the correct filter isn't as hard as you may think. It really comes to two primary factors: pool size and pump capabilities.

Pool size

Purchasing a filter for your pool is essential to maintaining clean, healthy water. If you buy a filter that is too small for your pool size, it won't be able to remove dirt and debris from the water adequately. This could lead to increased bacteria levels, which can be harmful to swimmers. On the other hand, buying a filter that is too large for your pool size will result in higher electricity costs as it will require the pump to work harder than is necessary. To get the most out of your filtration system and ensure you are swimming in clear and safe water, purchase the right filter size.

When you go filter shopping for your pool, it's essential to take the filter sizing instructions from the manufacturer with a grain of salt. Many filters tend to overstate their capacities, and buying a larger size than is strictly necessary can have a few negative impacts. Firstly, it could cost you more money than anticipated, meaning you won't get as much bang for your buck as you'd originally planned. Secondly, if the filter is visibly too big for the pool size, an inappropriately sized filter can lead to improper circulation throughout the system due to insufficient pressure. That's why it's wise to use caution when considering what size filter is right for your swimming pool.

Look at your pump

Your pool filter, in many ways, is dependent upon your pump. After all, the pump is doing all the work of pushing the water through the filtration system. Looking at the size and strength of your pump may help you in determining which filter type or size might be best for your pool. For instance, all else being equal, it will take more pressure to push water through a D.E. filter than it will through a cartridge filter, meaning a cartridge filter will not require as much pumping power as a D.E. filter. Additionally, following the same example, using a cartridge filter will allow more total gallons to be filtered every day, which will help to keep algae and bacteria from growing in your water.

When installing a pool filter, it's vital to remember that the sizing measurements refer to the flow rate of water circulated through the system. In other words, instead of considering how physically large the unit is, think about the amount of liquid volume that can pass through per minute. You may want to consider how many gallons per minute (GPM) your filter is rated for, or in the case of a cartridge filter, how large the surface area of the filter media is (typically measured in square feet) - the larger the filter media, the more capable your filter will be.

Don't forget to factor in ongoing maintenance costs

Pool maintenance requirements vary depending on the pool filter system in use. Cartridge filters are typically easier to maintain as they don't require backwashing and only involve cleaning the cartridges every 8 to 10 weeks. D.E. and sand filters require more regular maintenance as they involve backwashing the filter system periodically and replacing the D.E. or sand material. This process can be quite messy, so it's essential to follow all safety protocols when performing maintenance on a pool filter system. Depending on the type of pool filter used, proper and regular maintenance is essential for keeping pool water clean and clear all season long.

Priority Pool Service is dedicated to making pool maintenance a breeze. Our team is passionate about maintaining sparkling clean pools throughout the year, treating each one as if it were our own. With us at your side, any questions or concerns will be swiftly handled so you can have complete peace of mind while enjoying that beautiful oasis in your backyard!

If you want to learn more about how we can help you find the best filter for your pool, contact us today!

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