Shocking Sandman Pool Filter Instructions Concept
Carbon Cartridge. After the first stage of filtration carbon cartridge which is generally made up of granular activated carbon or carbon fiber block are used to treat chlorine and THMs (trihalomethanes) endrin lead pesticides/herbicides radon and toluene in the water. It removes very fine particles and helps to improve the clarity and taste of the water in a great way. A carbon cartridge can only pull out a finite amount of contaminants so it has a certain life expectancy. However it is not possible to clean a carbon cartridge so they must be replaced. Generally speaking carbon cartridges will last twice as long as sediment cartridges but theyre also more expensive.
There are many different opinions out there on when to replace your pool filter cartridges. Typically on a time scale alone it is recommended between 12-24 months depending on your unique situation. Amount of usage pool chemical maintenance amount of debris such as dirt leaves and grass that get in the pool whether or not you have pets that like to swim in the pool. All these different factors contribute to the life expectancy of a pool filter cartridge. The indicator to best watch to determine when its time to clean your filter is the pressure gauge on the unit.
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Monitor the pressure gauge between cleanings and when the pressure rises 8 - 10 psi clean the cartridges again. Avoiding Cartridge Damage During Cleaning - avoid common cartridge cleaning mistakes and dont use stiff brushes or a pressure washer during cleaning. The cartridges should come clean using a normal garden hose with a spray nozzle set on the jet setting. Using Two Sets of Cartridges - extend the life of your filter cartridges by alternating two sets of cartridges on each cleaning. Make sure to clean the dirty cartridges right away after swapping them out with the clean cartridges and store them where they will dry out fast and remain dry until next use.
Find a bucket that is large enough to place your pool filter cartridge in so it can be submerged at least half way. Fill the bucket with 20 parts water to 1 part pool muriatic acid. Submerge your cartridge filter in the bucket. You should see bubbling start to occur if there are any calcium or metal build ups in your filter (bubbling like hydrogen peroxide on a cut). If you dont see any bubbling that just means there are no metals build up in your pool filter but you can still have algae or oil build up these will not bubble. Let the filter soak for approximately 2-3 minutes. Then flip the filter upside down to soak the other half. Allow to soak for another 2-3 minutes.