One of three main types of pool filters, Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.) filters are known for their superior filtering abilities. D.E. filters keep your pool clean and clear by sifting out dirt, debris, and even microscopic particles. But sometimes, even the cleaners need to be cleaned!
You should clean your D.E. filter at least twice a year, or whenever the pressure gauge reads 8–10 psi above the normal range. There are three main steps for cleaning a D.E. filter:
1️⃣ Backwash the filter — Flush out the filter by backwashing until the water runs clear.
2️⃣ Clean the grids and manifold — Disassemble the manifold and grids, and spray off the grids with a garden hose. Then, with the drain plug open, rinse out the inside of the filter tank.
3️⃣ Add new Diatomaceous Earth — Always wear gloves and a chemical mask when handling D.E. powder. Refer to the D.E. package to determine how many scoops you need for your pool, based on the water volume. Mix the required amount of fresh D.E. into a bucket of pool water, then pour the slurry directly into the pool’s skimmer.
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0:29 Essential Parts of a D.E. Filter
1:34 When to Clean a D.E. Filter
1:44 Three Steps to Cleaning a D.E. Filter
2:22 Cleaning Manifold and Grids
3:04 Adding New D.E.