Filter Questions

Derb22

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Apr 29, 2018
299
Roswell GA
#1
Keep in mind I inherited this pool last year when we moved to a new house. There was already a pool company keeping it up and I continued this. My pool company suggested it might be time to clean or change the filters as they “theorized” they have not been changed in at least 5 years. Today I decided to tackle the filters. It is a Sta Rite S8m150 dual cartridge. Here’s what I found and this is after I cleaned them for an hour with a jet stream of hose water.

I’m assuming these should turn some semblance of white. Also assume it’s time to change them out?
pump pressure is either 17 or 120 depending on whether we are talking inside or outside of the dial.
I didn’t check it before.

If if I need to buy, where is the best deals?
 

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Jimrahbe

Mod Squad
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Jul 7, 2014
10,229
Bedford, TX
#2
D,

They will never turn white again.. :p

You can soak them, to go back to a semi-white, but the color is not what does the filtering...

The time to replace them is when the bands start to break and don't hold the pleats together.

All and all, it does not look all that bad... I would use it for now, but get one on order so that you have it ready the next time you clean the filter..

Thanks,

Jim R.
 

dschribs

Well-known member
Mar 14, 2013
363
CT
#3
I would clean it up and hang on to it. Just use it for the first week or so when you open your pool each year. You can clean it up better with these:

Pleatco Advanced Filter Wash

In terms of the rest of the pool season - I would just get a new one.

Call Pleatco and give them the measurements of the filter. They will hook you up with the filter model number you need. They make great filters.

Pleatco | Pool and Spa Filter Cartridges

I get them on Amazon.
 

Bama Rambler

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Jun 22, 2009
22,818
SouthWest Alabama
#5
You can try soaking the cartridges in TSP (TriSodium Phosphate).

4. For all spa cartridges and elements used in swimming pools where perspiration, suntan lotions, and other oils are present, soak the element for at least on hour (overnight is most effective) in (1) a commercial filter cleaner; or (2) one cup trisodium phosphate (TSP) to five gallons water; or (3) one cup dishwasher detergent to five gallons of water.
5. Rinse the cartridge again to remove oils and cleaning solution.
 

Derb22

Gold Supporter
Apr 29, 2018
299
Roswell GA
#7
D,

They will never turn white again.. :p

You can soak them, to go back to a semi-white, but the color is not what does the filtering...

The time to replace them is when the bands start to break and don't hold the pleats together.

All and all, it does not look all that bad... I would use it for now, but get one on order so that you have it ready the next time you clean the filter..

Thanks,

Jim R.
Thanks Jim for the info. The plan is to get a new set sometime this year.