Pool Filter Cleaning Service

How well you maintain your swimming pool filter is going to reflect in how well your pool looks and how efficiently you keep your water chemistry balanced. The cleaner you keep your pool filter, the better your pool will perform, and the easier it will be to maintain.

The other equipment in your pool system is often overlooked when listing the benefits of a clean filter. The dirtier your filter is, the harder your pump has to work to circulate the water which can result in overworking the pump and lead to pump seal leaks and occasionally burning up the motor. The bottom line is, if you properly maintain your pool filter you will avoid potentially expensive and unnecessary repairs.

A proper filter cleaning requires the entire filter to be disassembled and each individual filter element to be thoroughly cleaned. While you are doing this you will want to closely inspect the filter and elements for any failures such as cracks, tears, or missing pieces. This applies mainly to D.E. and Cartridge Pool Filters.

Sand Filters require a different process which involves removing all of the sand and replacing it with fresh sand. While you are doing this we advise replacing all of the existing laterals and o-rings with new ones. There is another method to freshen up your sand filter by purging it with a treatment using Orenda CV600 Enzymes.

Here’s a breakdown of the 3 types of Filter Cleaning Services offered by The Pool Boys.

Cartridge Pool Filter Cleaning Service

Cartridge Pool Filter being cleaned by The Pool Boys tech

Time Frame: 1 Hour
Cost: $130
Standard Maintenance Frequency: Every 3 Months (Quarterly)

Cleaning Process:

  1. Break down filter and Remove manifold and cartridges
  2. Hose down each individual cartridge and Inspect each individual cartridge for cracks, broken bands, loose/disconnected bands
  3. Remove filter tank drain plug, drain and rinse if necessary
  4. Put cartridges back in filter and put manifold back on
  5. Inspect and lube o-rings
  6. Put filter back together and tighten tank clamp
  7. Prime pump and bleed air out of the filter
  8. Inspect for leaks

D.E. Pool Filters

DE grid pool filters being cleaned by The Pool Boys technician

Time Frame: 1 Hour
Cost: $130
Standard Maintenance Frequency: Every 6 months with backwashing in between

Cleaning Process:

  1. Break down Filter, remove grid cluster and disassemble
  2. Lean grids along fence or wall and Hose off grids on both sides and Rinse manifold
  3. Inspect each individual grid and the manifold for any tears, cracks, or failures
  4. Remove filter tank drain plug, drain and rinse if necessary
  5. Reassemble grid cluster and put back into filter
  6. Check and lube o-rings
  7. Put filter back together and tighten tank clamp
  8. Prime pump, Bleed air out of filter, Inspect for leaks
  9. Add fresh D.E. through skimmer

Sand Pool Filter - Sand Changeout

pentair sand filter

Time Frame: 2-4 Hours
Cost: Price varies, technician needed onsite to create estimate
Standard Maintenance Frequency: Varies depending on size. Typically every few years with backwashing in between

Cleaning Process:

  1. Remove filter top with special key tool
  2. Use a garden hose and a wet vac to vacuum out all of the sand, bagging it each time the vac gets full
  3. Remove old laterals in the bottom of the filter and replace with new laterals
  4. Fill tank halfway with water and carefully add coarse sand to bottom
  5. Add fine sand on top of coarse sand
  6. Close top
  7. Prime pump, Bleed air out of filter

The Pool Boys are experienced and trained in how to properly maintain and care for your swimming pool filter. If you are in need of a Filter Cleaning Service, and the above directions don’t sound like a weekend of fun, then give our office a call at 832-473-5715, or contact us to schedule a Filter Cleaning Service today.

And don’t forget, we provide your 1st Filter Cleaning Service FREE when you sign up for Weekly Pool Maintenance from The Pool Boys.