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The Importance of Water Filtration Systems for Your Pool

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A swimming pool is a fantastic addition to any home. Not only does it provide you and your family with hours of entertainment, but it is a great place to host parties, have family gatherings, or to simply have a day laying out in the sun, enjoying a relaxing day in the water. Truth be told, there are many reasons why you should want a pool for your backyard.

Your pool is also a big investment and you want to do everything you can to care for it. You want this to be something that will last for years to come, and be enjoyable to swim in and look crystal clear. This is why it is necessary for you to have water filtration system.


Why You Need a Filtration System?

There are many benefits to having a swimming pool, as mentioned above. It is also important to recognize that properly cleaning your pool is important for the longevity of the pool and for the health of those using it. Your swimming pool is going to attract such things as dust, phosphates, sweat, dirt and bacteria, and you need a pool filtration system to filter out those impurities to ensure that the water is clean, safe and doesn't potentially damage to the surface of your pool. You also need a sanitising system which is most commonly chlorine based which will kill the bacteria.

Bacteria can lead to infections, especially if you have a cut or some type of respiratory issue. The sanitising  system will take care of these nasties but you also need to be filtering the water in your pool to remove as much of the impurities as possible. This helps to protect the health of you and others who were using your pool.

What is important to realize is that your health goes beyond cuts and scrapes. You are likely opening your eyes under the water, and bacteria can get in your eyes and ears, leading to infections, maybe even diseases if there is no sanitising system being used. Your sanitising system will destroy these bacteria and the filtration system will help to remove these bacteria and dirt, keeping everyone using the pool safe.

What you will find is that filtration and sanitising systems cost you a significant amount of money at first, but it will keep the pool clean and clear. The alternatives of manually cleaning or chemically treating the pool can cost significantly more money in the long run because it will take more time and more chemicals to correct the water balance the further it is out of balance. Additionally, algae and bacteria and poor water chemistry can do a lot of damage to the surface of your pool, as can dirt, oils, and other debris. The filtration system combined with an automatic sanitiser will handle this, removing away those impurities so that they will not cause any damage to your beautiful pool.


Which Filter Should I Choose?

The wonderful thing is that there are different filter types that you can purchase, accommodating your needs. One of the most common types is the media filter, which works by water flowing through the media such as sand. Another common media nowadays is glass beads or recycles glass. As the water flows through the filter, the media traps most of the debris and fine particles that are in the water, which will keep the water looking clear. Over time the build up of debris in the filter need to be cleared out. This is done via backwash cycle where the water flow is reversed through the media and all the dirt, algae and debris are flushed out and pumped to the household sewer connection. This backwash cycle will need to be completed every 1-3 months depending on how much dirt and debris the pool collects. These media materials need to be replaced about every 7-10 years.

The cartridge filter is also another popular type. This type of filter screens out dirt and debris as the water passes through a very fine mesh. These can be easier to install as there is no sewer connection but you have to frequently clean it to ensure that it is operating at its greatest efficiency. It can be a yucky job to clean all this gunk off the filter element.

Whichever type of filter you decide upon, ensure that you still get one. It is essential for the health of you and your pool.