Hello and welcome back to our pool equipment selection series. We’ve already walked you through the process of sizing up the pump. The next step will be to select the type of filter that can handle the size of the pool and the pump. There are three filter types common on residential pools, and they are Sand, Cartridge, and DE. Each have their pros and cons; we will talk you through the basics of each type then we will dive into the finer points. And again, don’t forget to check out part one of the pool equipment selection series in which we discuss how to select and properly size your inground pool pump.
In my opinion, choosing a filter system is a big consideration when getting an above ground pool. The filter system is what you’ll be working with the most as it’s the main component responsible for taking care of the pool. Of course getting quality products and acquiring the correct size pump and filter for the pool are important, but for the sake of this blog post I’m going to focus on the types of filter systems you can get.
Most of the time above ground pool filter systems come in a pack. It’ll come in one big box and have the pump, filter, base or pad, and any fittings needed for assembly and hoses for attachment to the pool. Here we go then. (more…)
Microban is an antimicrobial blend that is added to products such as cutting boards, bath mats, children’s toys and pool cartridges to prevent/slow the growth of harmful microorganisms. The Microban blend is great at keeping bacteria, algae and mold from sinking its teeth into your cartridges extending their lifespan and filtering quality. However, do not get it confused with pool sanitation chemicals such as chlorine or bromine.
If you install a Microban cartridge in a filter, the same amount of chlorine or other sanitation chemicals will be required to keep your water clear. Microban material prevents the growth of those nasty slimy things on the cartridges themselves, but it does not prevent their spread elsewhere to parts like skimmers or water features. A Microban product’s reach does not extend its antimicrobial might to other surfaces or equipment. For example, if you have a Microban bath mat, you still need to clean the shower and tub, but the mat is fine. (more…)