If you own a pool you know how much work and money it takes to keep your pool running smoothly.
The only major issue I’m having as a first time pool owner is the filters.
Intex recommends changing to a new filter ever two weeks. That’s fine if you can make them last two weeks.
Up until recently, I was cleaning the filters every day. I would place a newly cleaned filter into the pump and within two hours the water pressure coming out of the filter decreased greatly. It wasn’t a little change. I mean a huge change in water pressure.
I was scared to death it would burn up the pump if I aloud the pump to run eight hours without a cleaning. The only time I would run my pump for longer then six hours was when I started the pump with a brand new filter. Even the new filter decreased after running for six hours for two days. (My pool needs to run for six hours a day)
I purchased filter cleaner in hopes to make the filters last the full two weeks. Per filter cleaner directions, you add the cleaner to two gallons of water and alow the filter to soak overnight. (The cleaner costs $10) Then, spray filter off and it’s ready to use. That’s easy enough, right?
Nope, it wasn’t an improvement. That was a huge let down. The cleaner costs as much as a new filter. So, why buy cleaner?
After searching online for a solution to my problem I stumbled upon a comment left by a lady. She used Greased Lightning a heavy duty degreaser. She didn’t explain how or when she used the cleaner, just that she used Greased Lightning.
So what do I have to lose, right! I stopped after work and tried the cleaner. Guess what? It worked like a charm.
It worked so well, I’m going to show you how well it works.
I date the top of the filter with the date I first use the filter.
I swap between two filters at a time and they last easily for two to three weeks. They could easily last longer then three weeks if you don’t heavily use your pool.
The filter above is pretty gross. My filters usually run for six hours a day for two days before I clean them. This keeps them clean and the return water pressure is consistantly wonderful.
Yuck! First I spray the filter off using my kitchen sink sprayer. I try to remove as much dirt, small bugs or anything that sprays off easily.
I spray the filter really good with Greased Lightning. Make sure each pleat is covered with cleaner.
Then, I allow the cleaner to soak into the filter for thirty minutes or more. It’s usually longer then thirty minutes because I get easily distracted.
After at least thirty minutes, I spray off the filter using hot water. Don’t forget to spray the water on the inside of the filter.
After the bubbles are gone I place it outside on the porch to dry till it’s needed.
I swap out between the two filters every other day. When the older filter becomes more difficult to keep clean, I replace it with a new one. It’s that simple and it works like a charm.
It’s amazing how well it really works.
If you have any questions drop me a comment or email. I would love to hear from you.
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