Pool Maintenance FAQs

Q & A on Pool Maintenance

Q – How often should I backwash my filter?

A – There are 3 types of pool filters, depending on which type of pool filter you have, the backwash process will vary. For example, Diatomatious, sand/cartridge is all cleaned by backwashing.  However, DE filters as well as sand filters have a reversed water flow process, which filters out debris. It’s highly recommended that you always check the filter pressure after you start up or after the filter has been cleaned.  In a nutshell, DE filters work best when they are broken down and cleaned every 6 months.  On the other hand, sand filters can be changed about every 5 years or so. This will be determined by the amount of alkaline and calcium content of the pool water. Cartridge filters range from being cleaned every 10 days to every 6 months depending on their size.

Q – How long do pumps typically last?

A – Pumps usually last for 20 years with minimal repairs.  However, the motor on the pump last anywhere between 5- 7 years, and that’s as long as there is no seal leakage. If you suspect you have a leak, you should have the seal repaired/replaced as soon as possible. A proper functioning seal will increase the lifespan of your pump.

Q – How long will the plaster finish last?

A – Depending on how your pool chemistry is monitored, plaster typically lasts for about 10-15 years for most residential applications. Whether your plaster has high alkalinity or low alkalinity, it can still reduce the lifespan of the plaster. High alkalinity can cause scaling while low alkalinity can cause corrosion and etching. This is why it’s important to know the right amount of water chemistry you need to increase the longevity of your plaster. If you have any questions on how to maintain proper water chemistry, give us a call. We will be more than happy to answer your questions, show you how to administer and test your chemicals or we can provide you with weekly maintenance.