Sand pool filters are preferred by homeowners who are looking for a low maintenance pool filtration system. Once installed, sand pool filters can last up to seven years with some basic, proper maintenance. When compared to other filters, such as cartridge filters or diatomaceous earth filters, this is quite a bargain.
Installing an above ground sand pool filter requires that you have some familiarity with the other parts of your pool system. If you can locate and appropriately identify the parts to your pool’s water and filtration system, you should be able to complete this project without help.
Step 1: Add sand to the pool filter. Each filter has different requirements, so check with the manufacturer’s instructions for the exact amounts and location where the sand should be added.
Step 2: Move the sand filter to an area near an electrical outlet that is on solid, level ground. This should prevent vibrations and extend the life of your filter.
Step 3: Warm the end of the hose attached to the sand filter’s return in a bucket of hot water for 5 minutes. This will make the end of the hose pliable. Attach the hose to the pool’s intake using a hose clamp if no fastener is provided. If a fastener is provided, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to attach the hose.
Step 4: Attach the skimmer to the intake valve on the pool’s sand filter. If you notice that your sand filter also have a main drain, you will need to attach it to the skimmer as well. Look for a Y shaped connection at your local pool store to connect the two areas from the sand filter to the pool’s skimmer.
Step 5: Release the air valve, turning counterclockwise until it is fully open. This will allow the pump to release the air within the sand filtration system.
Step 6: Plug in the sand filter pump. Then turn on the pump. Be aware that water will eventually pour out of the air valve. When this happens, close the air valve. The sand filter pump should then be able to continue pumping and begin to clean your pool.