Every type of filtration system needs to be regularly maintained for proper filtering of your above ground pool. Pool owners must backwash a sand filter to clean and reset the sand within the tank so that bacteria and debris can be removed from the system. Although many times daunting for first time pool owners, the process to backwash a sand filter is actually very simple and will eventually become second nature for all.
As the pool filter is used daily, dirt and grime begins to build up and needs to be removed through the backwash process (more or less every two weeks).
When To Backwash A Sand Filter
The pressure gauge is the best way to check for when it is time to backwash a sand filter. A normal pressure gauge reading for a sand filter would be between 8-10 PSI. It is a good time to backwash a sand filter when your PSI reaches 15 or higher.
Follow the steps below to properly backwash:
First turn off the filter pump.
Depress and rotate the valve handle to the “BACKWASH” position.
Extend the backwash hose to the desired location.
Turn the pump back on making sure water is flowing properly through the backwash hose without kinks or obstruction and run the pump for 1-2 minutes or until the backwashing water is clean and clear.
Turn the filter pump off.
Depress and rotate the valve handle to the “RINSE” position.
Turn the pump on and run for another 30 seconds to a minute.
Turn the pump off.
Return the valve to the “FILTER” setting and resume filtering.
Additional Expert Tips
One should backwash a sand filter on a regular basis is very important for an above ground pool and semi in-ground pool. It reduces the amount of pool supplies needed since an efficient filter will reduce overall chemical usage and is a good place to start when having any issues when it comes to water cleanliness and clarity.
For additional information for your sand filter, all owner’s manuals are accessible on ThePoolFactory.com underneath the “Resources” tab within your specific pool filter.