The first thing to know about backwashing a pool is that it’s not as scary as it sounds. It’s just a way of cleaning out the filter so that all your precious water can flow through more easily. Though some people dislike the idea of backwashing because they think it will waste water, this isn’t actually an issue: Your pool loses water constantly through evaporation and leaks, so any amount you remove via backwashing will be replenished naturally over time. In fact, regular backwashing can extend the life of your filter and protect you from unhealthy bacteria and algae!
Why Should You Backwash a Pool?
We all know how much fun swimming pools can be. But if you don’t take care of them, they can become a big headache. Backwashing your pool filter regularly is one way to keep your pool safe, clean and healthy.
What is backwashing? Backwashing is when water from the pool flows through the filter and out into the drain. This pushes dirt and debris out of the filter so that it doesn’t clog up with tiny particles which means that more water can flow through it instead of getting stuck in there!
When Should You Backwash a Pool?
Backwashing is a process in which you pump water out of the pool and return it to the pool. This is done to remove debris, contaminants and algae from the filter, and to keep the filter clean.
You should backwash your pool when:
- The flow rate at which filtration can be achieved has slowed down significantly.
- You notice that your water isn’t swimmable anymore because of dirt or debris in it (you will be able to tell by looking at how much material is being removed during backwash).
How to Backwash a Pool
First, you’ll need to find the backwash hose (also known as a clean-out fitting). It’s usually on the opposite side of your pump and located somewhere near where you put your skimmer basket. If your pool has a large filter or two pumps, it can be tricky to locate this fitting. If you’re having trouble finding it:
- Check around the bottom of your pool for a T-shaped piece of plastic with threads on it—that’s what we’re looking for!
- If there are no hoses attached to that fitting, use a wrench or screwdriver to remove any screws (or bolts) holding down the metal plate covering the backwash pipe.
Once you’ve found that T-shaped piece of plastic, carefully remove its cover by hand (you don’t want pieces flying into your eyes). You should see some sort of screen or mesh inside there—this is what keeps dirt from getting out when water flows through during normal operation but allows debris like leaves and bugs out when we’re backwashing our filters!
How to backwash a pool filter
How to backwash a pool filter
Backwashing is one of the most important steps in maintaining your pool filter. It’s also one of the easiest, so don’t be shy about getting in there with your hands and doing it yourself. Follow these steps:
- Turn off the pump and remove any automatic shut-off valves on your plumbing lines. If you have an aboveground pool, turn off any skimmers or other valves that are connected to hoses leading from them (don’t forget to check all sides of your filter). Also turn off any other equipment that uses water such as spas, hot tubs, etc., because backwashing can really flood things pretty quickly!
- Remove all strainer baskets from your filtration system and place them aside somewhere safe if they’re metal (plastic ones should be fine), then remove all filters from their housings (this may require turning screws or unscrewing clamps) and set them aside too until you’re ready for them again later on when cleaning up after yourself; don’t forget about removing any O-rings too if necessary before doing this step so nothing gets lost! These parts will tend to collect dirt easily due to the nature of what they do within the system itself so make sure everything gets cleaned thoroughly afterward before putting everything back together again properly! You may also want to think about adding some sort of protective material around each piece where contact could occur between metal surfaces since those areas tend to encounter wear faster than others such as when transporting these pipes around town every day during construction job sites where workers may walk through without noticing anything unusual happening around them while they’re busy working hard towards completing tasks assigned by managers overseeing operations at sites like these which means there could be
Preparing the Equipment
Turn off the pump and pool lights. Turn off the pool’s water flow and filtration system. Remove the backwash hose from the filter, open your pool’s backwash valve (usually located near where you remove your hoses), turn on your filter pump (if required), and run it for 2-3 minutes and then turn it off again for 30 seconds or so. Put your backwash hose back in place, re-open all valves to resume normal operation and enjoy a clean swimming experience!
Getting Rid of the Waste Water
Having removed the waste water from your pool, you will need to dispose of it.
One option is to use a garden hose and drain it into a drain or sewer. If you do not have a drain or sewer, you can use a bucket with holes drilled in it so that the waste water can flow out while staying clean and free of debris.
It is important that this waste water does not get into any storm drains or ponds, as they are usually used to carry away rainwater and other runoff from rooftops, so they could become contaminated by bacteria in your pool’s wastewater!
If there are no drains nearby, make sure you keep the bucket upright at all times so that no sludge drips off into your lawn when transporting it around your property!
Regular backwashing can extend the life of your filter, and protect you from unhealthy bacteria and algae.
Backwashing is a great way to keep your pool clean and prevent the spread of bacteria. It also helps extend the life of your filter. Backwashing can help you avoid unhealthy algae growth by getting rid of debris that would otherwise block up your filter over time.
Backwashing will keep more debris from building up inside your pool pump, which means less wear on both it and yourself!
Conclusion: How to backwash a pool?
We hope you feel better prepared to deal with a backed-up pool now. If you’re still unsure or want more information, please contact us at [email protected]. We’d be happy to help!