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You have decided this is the year you are going to get a swimming pool! You will have so many decisions to make on the construction material, where you will have it placed, what kind of deck to get, how big and what shape it should be and what kind of pool filter should you get? It’s overwhelming, we know!

There are so many decisions to make and because your filter is the hub of the pool it’s best to work with an experienced Menifee, California swimming pool service contractor who will help you understand the various pool equipment components you will need to choose from and why one may be better for your family and its pool than another. Don’t skimp on the pool filter because it is the heart of the pool; it keeps the water and chemicals circulating and keeps the water free of bacteria and debris.

What kind of pool filter should you get?

Here is information on the three types of pool filters you will be asked to choose from.

  • Sand. Sand filtration systems have been used for literally hundreds of years. The pool water will pass through the sand particles, be “scrubbed” by the sand then returned to the pool.  Your pool contractor will check the viability of the sand because it will get smooth over time and will lose its effectiveness. When the sand is replaced, the pool will be backwashed and this may be a task (backwashing) that your pool contractor will recommend annual to keep the filter working effectively.
  • Cartridge. This is a lower maintenance filter choice. It uses a paper filtration system that moves the water through various cylinders, cleans it and returns the filtered water to the pool. Cartridge filters are capable of filtering smaller dirt particles than a sand filter.
  • DE filters. This is a higher priced option, but is considered a more natural way to clean your water. A DE filter removes the smallest of particles than any filter style. With a DE filter it will remove particles as small as 4-10 microns – so small they are invisible to the naked eye. This filter also requires routine backwashing and the most intensive maintenance but because of how well it cleans the water, it is considered by some to be the best style for the money.

Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of every style of filter, the maintenance and upkeep required and the cost of the filter system is the first way to decide which is best for your family. Talk with a pool service pro or two to get their feedback and insight on price and upkeep. Ultimately, the decision is yours, but if you’re fully informed and educated you can make the choice that will make you happiest for the life of your pool.