The differences in pool filter media
Evaluating the best filter media for your pool can often be confusing. A filter that works well will keep your pool free from debris, algae and keep your water crystal clear.
Traditionally sand has been used by many pool owners for their filtration systems and previous to that Diatomaceous Earth.
Sand filtration strains the water to filter out impurities as the particles cling to the cracks of sand. Combined with the gaps between each grain this allows the particles to be trapped. Unfortunately over time these impurities eventually clog up the sand and need to be cleared every 6-8 weeks through the process of backwashing.
However now there are more economical and environmentally safe options available. Glass media ensures that your system is filtering to its full capacity through electrostatic entrapment. Essentially each glass particle holds a charge that attracts the contaminants to it. It also reduces the need to backwash as much due to its unique filtration capabilities.
Poolrite’s glass media product Diamond Kleen™ also comes with the added benefit of anti-bio film properties that discourage bacteria and algae from breeding in your swimming pool. Diamond Kleen™ is made from100% recycled glass that acts as a healthier alternative to silica sand. Diamond Kleen™ attracts no residue, so bacteria is unable to attach to the particles and breed within your filter tank; this is something sand cannot do.
Diamond Kleen™ can save up to 25% of water through reduced backwashing. Larger spaces between particles enable a more efficient backwash. Reduced backwashing means fewer chemicals are used, saving you money and reducing the amount of chemicals released into our eco-system. Diamond Kleen™ also lasts three times longer than sand.
When considering your filtration media also take into account that the filter needs to be properly sized for the pool. The filter always needs to meet or exceed the desired flow rate and turnover capacity in litres.