Pool owners must learn how to use a backwash hose to clean a D.E. pool filter for maximum performance. Maintenance also includes keeping the water free of algae and as clean as possible. This type of filter uses sedentary rock as a filtering medium. Since the rock is soft and breaks apart, the pool owners must clear the filter of dirt and debris from time to time.
Step 1: Connect the Hose
Disconnect the filter’s power supply and connect the backwash hose to the filter. Turn the valve to the backwash setting. This reverses the water flow through the filter to dislodge any debris stuck in it.
Step 2: Turn the Filter On
Turn the power back on and allow water to flow through the filter. Any soil, debris and dirt washed out of the filter will flow into the backwash hose.
Step 3: Let the Water Run Until Clean
The hose has a clear window making it possible to see when the water flowing through is clean. Allow enough time for all the dirt to wash away before moving on to Step 4.
Step 4: Reverse the Water Flow
To remove all the dirt clinging to the filter, let the water through it in both directions a couple more times. Return the valve to its original position and allow the water to flow through while watching the hose window to check for cleanliness. Move the valve to backwash and run the water for a few minutes. When the water flowing through is completely clear, turn the valve to filter and turn the power on.
Step 5: Add D.E. to the Skimmer
Turn the filter on and add D.E. to the skimmer. If the water level is low, add more water at this time. Let the filters run and check the water. If the pool is green or cloudy, repeat Steps 1 through 4 until you are confident the water is clean and free of dirt and debris.
Know When to Backwash Your Pool Filter
Sometimes pool owners do not know how often they need to backwash the filter. Experts recommend this maintenance step take place any time the pool pressure gauge reads more than 20 psi. The sooner the cleaning process takes place, the less likely the filter will be damaged and need to be replaced. Make it a point to check the pressure gauge every time you test the water and perform other routine maintenance tasks.
The water flowing out of the backwash hose must empty into a secure place. The chlorinated water will damage plants and grass. Pool owners should never allow the water to just empty onto the lawn or they will risk damage that can spread to the neighbor’s yard.
Regular pool and spa maintenance is important for aesthetics as well as the health of the people who use them. Scheduling in time to clean the filter on a regular basis will prolong the life of the pool equipment and keep the pool safe for use.
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Greg does work for Blue Haven Pools & Spas – a trusted swimming pools OKC based company. Their staff are specialists in swimming pool installation and repair.