How to Hook Up a Swimming Pool Filter

What You'll Need
Pool filter
Philips or Flathead screwdriver
Socket wrench or pliers

A swimming pool filter helps maintain clean and healthy pool water. The pump sends water to the filter, which cleans it out before sending it back out into the pool. Public pools follow certain laws stating that a certain amount of water must go through the filter in a certain amount of time. This ensures that the pool remains a safe and sanitary environment. You can install your own filter in about 10 minutes.

Step 1 – Understand Your Filter

A pool filter is placed between the inflow and outflow hoses that carry water into and out of the pool. The outflow hose sucks water out of the pool, toward the filter. Normally this hose is placed about halfway down into the side of the pool, where it can suck out water circulating in the bottom or the middle of the pool.

The filter normally looks like the filter of a car, designed to trap debris and smaller matter. The clean water then gets pushed back into the inflow hose and back into your pool toward the top of the pool.

Step 2 – Installation

Begin by ensuring that the cartridge is securely installed. Recognize which hole is for inflow (lower) and which is for outflow (upper). When connecting the hose ends, ensure that they are going into the proper connectors before securing them. Normally, these hoses will be protected by hose clamps that you can manually tighten with a screw or a self-tensioned clamp. To keep from cracking or damaging the hose, do not over-tighten the clamp. Finally, make sure that your filter pumps power supply is grounded as it should be.

Step 3 – In-Ground Pools

Keep in mind that even with a filter, you will still have to manually clean your in-ground pool—especially if it is located by a lot of trees or bushes. Be sure to empty your skimmer basket weekly and use a net to dispose of excess bugs and leaves. Vacuum your pool and scrub the walls from top to bottom. Add chlorine for sanitation.

Keeping up with your pool will keep it from draining energy your entire summer. To ensure that you also have time to enjoy your pool, follow these easy steps on at least a weekly basis to prevent them from becoming overwhelming.