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Thread: Is cleaning DE filter before each season overkill?

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    Is cleaning DE filter before each season overkill?

    Hi everyone,

    This will be the second season opening my pool. I bought the house with the pool, so I didn't know how long it had been since the prior owners cleaned out the DE filter (i.e., take it apart and soak the internals in a cleaning solution for 24 hours and then reassemble), so I cleaned it out before the start of last season. When I did it, the filter was a mess. After I put everything back together, I opened the pool and had a great season. I ran my pump for about 8 hours a day and never had a single algae outbreak.

    I was thinking of doing this again, but I'm not sure if it's something that needs to be done every season, or just once every couple of years. It's not that hard to do before you open, because the filter is already all disconnected.

    Thanks,

    Kevin
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    Polaris 380 Pool Cleaner

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    Re: Is cleaning DE filter before each season overkill?

    I would do it. What solution did you use? I wouldn't pay for an expensive cleaner from the pool store tho. See Pool School for instructions.
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    Re: Is cleaning DE filter before each season overkill?

    At a minimum the filter should be broken down and sprayed off each year. Soaking may not be needed, but will not hurt. Here is more info:
    use-and-care-for-de-filters-t4086.html
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    Re: Is cleaning DE filter before each season overkill?

    Thanks guys... I guess it makes sense to do from a preventative maintenance issue. I can't remember the name of the stuff I used, but I got it from Leslie's Pool supplies and it was a red solution.

    Kevin
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    30,000 gallon vinyl pool
    Hayward DE Filter
    Hayward Super Pump
    AO Smith 1 1/2 HP Pump (27GPM)
    Polaris 380 Pool Cleaner

    Check out the app I created to control my pool equipment from my smartphone:
    i-created-an-app-to-control-pool-equipment-with-smartphone-t61606-20.html

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