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    Hayward cartridge filter

    Hello,
    Anyone know the recommended psi on a hayward swimclear cartridge filter. My is currently running 25-30 psi and I am wondering if it is time to clean the darn thing. I cannot get a "magic" number the manual only suggests cleaning when psi is 8-10 more than normal. I inherited this pool when we moved into the house in Feb. so I am not sure what normal is. Oh I also have a polaris 5 port system running with this filter and the presssure on that is 20-25psi, if it matters??? Any help is appreciated, and I LOVE this site!!
    35,000 gal. Plaster, in-ground, Hayward swimclear C4025 cartridge filter,
    5 port polaris cleaning system, Hayward gas heater, spa.
    PhoeniX, AZ

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    Re: Hayward cartridge filter

    There isn't any "magic number". The baseline pressure is dependant on the whole plumbing system (length, runs, pipe diameter, etc). I recommend giving it a good cleaning now, and make sure to take a reading when you start it up. This becomes your baseline so you will know to clean when it increases by 8 psi.
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    Re: Hayward cartridge filter

    So i just have to take it apart and do it huh?? I notice you have a hayward cartridge filter, any advice??
    35,000 gal. Plaster, in-ground, Hayward swimclear C4025 cartridge filter,
    5 port polaris cleaning system, Hayward gas heater, spa.
    PhoeniX, AZ

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    Re: Hayward cartridge filter

    Do you have a good pressure washer? That's how we clean ours. The first year I had my pool I bought 3 of them at almost $140.00 each. (as recomended by the pool store ) It didn't take us long to start thinking of ways to get more life out of them. This was actually my hubby's idea, and I have to admit I freaked out a little when he first mentioned trying it. I had this mental picture of the filter being torn to shreds as soon as he hit it with the high pressure. Boy was I wrong, it works beautifully! I have found that they can stand up to 5 or 6 good washings before showing any sign of breakdown. If they are really dirty you may want to pressure wash first and then soak them in a bucket of filter cleaner. Also, using skimmer socks helps keeps you from having to clean them as often.
    AG 18' X 52" Round Pacifica Pool w/ Metal Diamond Unibead Liner. Installed in March 2007.
    2.5 HP Baquapure 2 Speed Pump, 200 GPM Waterway ProClean Cartridge Filter System.


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    Re: Hayward cartridge filter

    Lynn

    16x38 FG, 20,400G, 1HP/2sp Tristar pump, Hayward 425sq ft cart. filter, Pro Logic4, SWCG, 3 returns, 2 main drains, 1 skimmer, 4 Pentair deck jets, Hayward Phantom pressure cleaner/booster pump, TF-100 of course :-)orthofish-s-pool-build-finally-t13179.html

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    Re: Hayward cartridge filter

    The accepted method here is just to use a garden hose with a with a nozzle adjusted to the tightest jet. Check out How to clean a cartridge filter for specifics.

    I also just bought my house and took over and unknown set of filters. I bit the bullet and took the filter apart and cleaned the cartridges. When I put it back together I was surprised that the pressure didn't go down by much. I hadn't touched it since I moved in (many months) so I assumed cleaning it would make a big difference. Based on this I questioned the integrity of the cartridges and purchased a new set on eBay (waaaay cheaper than any other place I saw). In hindsight the old ones were probably fine, but at least now I know exactly what their condition is.
    TFP Method Advanced Intermediate
    • 17,500 gallons - In Ground - Plaster - Hayward Swimclear 3020 Cartridge Filter - Sta-Rite Max-E-Glas Main Pump upgraded with A.O. Smith B2980 E-Plus New Centurion Two-Speed Motor - Polaris 280 Cleaner with Polaris PB4-60 Booster Pump - TightWatt2 Timer - Taylor K-2006 Test Kit - Pool Pilot Digital Nano SWCG

    Helpful Links: Pool School, BBB for Beginners, How to Shock (hint...it's a process not a product), Chlorine/CYA Chart, Jason's Pool Calculator

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