3 Signs It's Time For New Pool Filter Sand

Having access to a private swimming pool can make the hot summer months more bearable. To ensure that your pool remains safe for family and friends to swim in, regular maintenance is a must. Many pool filters utilize sand to help filter out contaminants that could damage the structure of the pool and pose a health risk to swimmers.

Here are three signs you should be watching for to determine if you need to add new sand to your pool's filter.

1. Poor Water Quality

The quality of the water in your swimming pool plays an essential role in determining the pool's safety. Many pool owners think that they can simply conduct a visual inspection of the water in their pool, and if the water looks clear then it must be of good quality. 

Recognizing that many more factors (including chlorine levels, pH levels, and calcium hardness) play into your pool's water quality will help you better understand when your filter isn't working properly. Sand that has aged inside your pool's filter can be inefficient when it comes to removing contaminants that alter water quality. Investing in regular water inspections from a pool service professional will help you spot problems with your filter's sand before they become a serious health hazard.

2. Dirt Coming Through Filter

To keep your pool's water clean, you will want to regularly check for any dirt finding its way out of your filter. The sharp edges on the sand granules in your pool's filter can get worn down and become rounded over time.

Sand particles with rounded edges don't tumble as easily as their square  counterparts, so they don't create layers that capture dirt from your pool's water as it backwashes through the filtration system. When you see dirt coming through your pool's filter, contact a pool service repair professional to replace the sand in the filter to keep your pool water fresh.

3. Age

It's important that you track the age of your pool filter's sand to help you determine when it's time to replenish the filter with a new supply of sand granules. Experts suggest a complete sand replacement take place every three to five years, depending on the level of use your pool gets.

Since a full sand swap isn't something that pool owners do on a daily basis, you should contact a service technician for help if you don't feel comfortable with the process. Even if you don't see any other signs of poor sand in your pool's filtration system, changing out old sand will ensure that your pool's water stays clean in the future.

Maintenance plays a critical role in the safety of any swimming pool, so you need to pay close attention to your pool filter's sand quality. Swap out the sand if you notice a decline in water quality, dirt coming through the filter, or once the sand has reached its age limit. Companies like Collier Pool Service LLC. may be able to help.