handyman filter resized 600Yes, sometimes a handyman gets asked to look at pools too. This time the pool pressure was much higher than normal and the pool motor seemed to be straining. This warranted checking the pool filter cartridges. When I pulled the cover off of the tank, the filters didn’t seem very dirty nor did they appear to be clogged. They did appear to be “glittery”.

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As soon as I lifted the filter cartridges out, I could tell a difference. Not only were they heavier than normal, but the pleats felt like sandpaper. These cartridges had calcium built up on them and were preventing a good flow of water.

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I bought some cartridge cleaner and placed the cartridges in a clean plastic garbage can. I filled the can up to the top of the cartridges and added the cleaner…and waited. The next morning I removed the cartridges and hosed them off. They were smooth again and normal in weight.

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After I reinstalled them, the pressure came back down to normal. Had the cartridge cleaner not worked, I probably would have had to replace the cartridges. By the way, I also drained the pool as the calcium had settled on the plaster as well.

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