Can a cartridge filter be installed higher than the pool pump


New member
Mar 16, 2018
Tamarac, FL
Hello all, first time posting here.

I have a 15,000 gallon in ground pool with a cartridge filter and pump sitting a bit above water level (roughly under 2 feet). Everything is working fine, but I'd like to re-plumb the whole setup so I can accommodate a heater. To make more room in the same spot I would need to create a higher platform for the filter to sit on. Basically the filter would site at a high where the intake would be about six inches above the pump's outlet. My question is would there be any issues with doing this?

Bama Rambler

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TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Jun 23, 2009
SouthWest Alabama
There shouldn't be any issue placing the filter several feet above the pool and/or pump. It's not uncommon to see the entire equipment pad several feet above the pool.