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Sand Change: DIY or hire?

If you own a swimming pool, it is important to maintain it properly to ensure that the water is clean and clear. One of the most important parts of your pool's maintenance routine is to change the sand in the pool filter. Sand filters are one of the most common types of pool filters, and they work by trapping dirt and debris in the sand bed. Over time, the sand in the filter becomes clogged with dirt and debris, which reduces its effectiveness. In this blog, we will explain how to change the sand in a pool filter.

Step 1: Turn off the pump

The first step in changing the sand in your pool filter is to turn off the pump. This is important because you do not want the filter to be under pressure while you are working on it.

Step 2: Drain the filter

The next step is to drain the filter. You can do this by using the drain plug at the bottom of the filter or by removing the multiport valve and allowing the water to drain out.

Step 3: Remove the sand

Once the filter is drained, you can remove the sand. This can be done by removing the top of the filter and scooping out the sand with a plastic cup or scoop. Be sure to wear gloves and a dust mask to protect yourself from the dust and debris.

Step 4: Clean the filter

After you have removed the sand, you should clean the filter. This can be done by using a garden hose to spray down the inside of the filter and remove any remaining dirt and debris.

Step 5: Add new sand

Once the filter is clean, you can add new sand. Be sure to use only pool filter sand, which is specially designed for use in pool filters. The amount of sand you will need will depend on the size of your filter, so be sure to check the manufacturer's instructions.

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Step 6: Reassemble the filter

After you have added the new sand, you can reassemble the filter. Be sure to replace any gaskets or O-rings that may have been damaged during the process.

Step 7: Start the pump

Once the filter is reassembled, you can turn on the pump and start circulating water through the filter. Be sure to check for leaks and make any necessary adjustments.

In conclusion, changing the sand in a pool filter is an important part of maintaining your swimming pool. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your filter is working properly and your pool water is clean and clear. If you are unsure about how to change the sand in your pool filter, consult with an Angie's professional pool service technician to ensure the job is done correctly.

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