Customer Questions & Answers

Original Question

Is there anyone on here that owns a pool cleaning service or knows alot about pools? We have been trying for the past 2 months to get rid of the crap on the bottom of the pool but everytime we try to vacuum it goes all over and the damn thing is cloudy again! We are ready to tear it down! Pool people keep saying it takes time but I think that 2 months and hundreds of dollars in chemicals is enough! Can anyone offer any suggestions?


Christine. I have been servicing pools for several years now, so of course it depends on the type of filter you have. Needless to say, there are 3 standard reasons why particles would blow back into your swimming pool with a cartridge filter.

1. The filter elements are old, tired, and need replacement. Cartridges per manufactuerer request need to be replaced every 1-2 years (18-24 months). Why ? Same reason you should change your indoor filters every 3 months.

2. Additional components ie pressure realease hose, manifolds, all things inside the filter that are not the filter elements are cracked or damaged and are allowing those fine particulates to pass by the filter

3. You are bypassing the filter somehow. The filter is designed to take out incredibly small debris smaller than you can physically see. Make sure its a one way in and a one way out.

FYI: Cartridge filters filter 5-20 microns, aka smaller than any dust particle in your pool, so if you see crap at the bottom, bam you know its your filter.

Bottom line pool ownership is costly. Its like a hobby. And if youre not perpared financially to handle this hobby then most likly at some point in time you are going to be in over your head and hate your pool.

Hope this helps. If you have any other questions about Pool Repair: we do Pool Service in Sacramento thousands of swimming pools a year.

Ps do yourself a favor get a sand filter. They are cheaper, still filter finer than the human eye and overall cost of owner ship is much lower. Just saying