What Can I Use in My Pool Filter To Substitute a Filter Cartridge DIY?
It doesn’t matter whether you own a state-of-the-art pool, complete with all the fancy features you can think of; a dirty pool is a dirty pool. Ensuring you constantly keep your pool clean helps protect you from health conditions associated with dirty water. Dirty water is a breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria and organisms. Not to mention that dust and fallen leaves make the pool unsightly.
Pool filters work to trap contaminants in your pool water. A pool filter cartridge is an important part of your pool’s system. It helps ensure that even the finest of dirt particles are kept out of your pool’s water. Pool filters are readily available at hardware stores. Making a cartridge to replace in your filter is difficult. You can only replace the cartridge with a manufactured one of the same type. You can try to replace your pool’s filter. If you do not want to purchase a new one, you can easily make your own.
Reasons to Use Cartridge Filters
If you’ve never used cartridge filters and wonder whether you still need them, the following reasons will change your mind.
- With cartridges, you don’t have to worry about backwashing. This is different from sand filters where backwashing is required.
- If you are big on conserving energy, you’ll like that cartridge filters are energy-efficient. Because backwashing isn’t necessary, these cartridge filters won’t have to work extra hard to clear your pool.
- This type of filter is exceptionally good at filtering even the tiniest of microns, thus leaving your pool clean and clear for you to enjoy.
- If you live in an area where water is scarce, you’ll like that cartridge filters help with water conservation. You also won’t need to spend more money adding more chemicals to pool water because no backwashing is necessary.
DIY Pool Filters and Cartridges
The following are different ways you can substitute a pool filter and cartridge.
- Reusing an old filter is a great way to make a repurposed DIY filter. In addition to the old filter, you’ll need poly batting, wire mesh, epoxy glue, and some pliers. Cut the wire mesh into pieces as long as the filter. You can remove the damaged paper filters. Take a piece of the poly batting and place it inside the wire mesh. Repeat this step for all the paper filters, and put the filter back into the system, and you’re done.
- You can also replace the filter in a kiddie pool using inexpensive items you most likely already have in your home. You’ll need a storage container, PVC pipe, and a filter pad. You can make a sketch of what you’d want the filter to look like. Cut out holes in the storage box through which you can fit the pipes. Fill the box with as many of the filter pads as you can.
With those methods, you can easily make your own pool filters.