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Keeping Your Pool Clean: The Importance of Filter Media

One of the most important things to do when you have a pool is to ensure it is always clean by using the right types of filters. There are several forms of filters available for swimming pools, but choosing the right one can be difficult.

Sand Filters

filter1The most commonly used filter is a sand filter.

Silica sand is used as the media to trap the dirt. It works relatively well but it is by no means the best.

Over time, the sand calcifies and catches less and less dirt until eventually it has to be changed, usually after 4 or 5 years. This can become a hassle, rather than something that was meant to be helpful.


A major improvement over sand media was a product known as Zeobrite.

It is a naturally occurring mineral and cleans considerably better than silica sand. A drawback, however, is that it is much more costly than sand.

Cartridge Filters

Cartridge filters are a step up from sand filters, but they have a few major drawbacks.

  1. filter2Replacement cartridges are expensive.
  2. They only last an average of 4-5 years.
  3. They are also rather burdensome to clean — The filter tank has to be dismantled and the filters soaked overnight in a large container with a cartridge filter cleaner, then hosed down, re-installed, and the tank put back together.


Diatomaceous Earth Filters

Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.) filters were very popular in the 60s and 70s.

They consisted of a grid system coated with the D.E. powder. It gave very fine filtration but again, went out of favour because it was burdensome to maintain.

Sorel Mix

A much superior media to the aforementioned filters and materials is Sorel Mix.

Here’s why:

  • It is a natural stone with the most efficient and fastest filtering capacity.
  • Its angular shape results in increased dirt collection compared to other media.
  • Millions of tiny, three dimensional, honey comb pore spaces trap very small particles of dirt.
  • A cubic foot of Sorel Mix has 100 times the surface area of a cubic foot of sand.
  • Its effect on water clarity is so significant that it has the same qualities as drinking water.
  • It is also non-porous which helps prevent the formation of microscopic algae.
  • It is very user friendly and low maintenance — All it takes to clean it, is just the turn of a handle and the waste dirt is flushed out.

The most notable characteristic about Sorel Mix is that its lifespan can be measured in decades rather than years, and at the end of its useful life, it is 100% recyclable and can be returned to nature.

It’s the ultimate choice if you’re considering a pool, or looking to upgrade your current filtration system.

Which filter is right for you?

filter3It’s all dependent on your personal preferences and needs, but if you’re wanting a cost-effective, low maintenance, and eco-friendly filtration system, we recommend Sorel Mix.

Interested in a new filter? Let Leisure Industries help.

We built our reputation on precise, cost-effective and speedy new pool installation, but our experienced team can also install a new or upgraded filter for you whenever you need it.



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At Leisure Industries, we work with an educated and dedicated team of expert installers for every product we offer, and are always happy to help answer any questions you might have.

Contact us today to learn more about how you can improve your filtration.

Automatic Pool Cleaners

The days of manually vacuuming your pool are over. Automatic pool cleaners allow pool owners to enjoy their pool and not work on it. There are 3 types available:

  1. Suction – the most popular and least expensive
  2. Pressure – priced in the mid-range
  3. Robotic cleaners- the most expensive but definitely the best

The Knowledge You Need

Suction Cleaner

Automatic Suction Cleaner

Suctions side means that the automatic pool cleaner comes with approximately 40 ft of 3 ft hose sections that are joined together. The quantity used depends on the pool size. It works like manual vacuums in that the hose end is connected to the skimmer or vacuum port.

Pressure cleaners are attached to the pool’s return fitting. The water pressure picks up the dirt and deposits it in a net or bag. This type of cleaner is often the best choice if your pool gets a lot of leaves. Suction models can plug up in excessively leafy environments.

Robotic models are the best of both worlds. They do not need hoses and run independently of the pool’s filtration system making them environmentally friendly as all the dirt, leaves etc. are caught in the cleaner. This can drastically reduce the need for backwashing or cleaning cartridge cleaners.

pool cleaner

Pressure Cleaner

High tech features make the latest generation of robotic cleaners the pool owners’ choice. Although they have a higher price point than suction type cleaners, prices have dropped considerably in recent years. They have superior features which include the following:

  • Work independently of the pool’s filtration system
  • Separate hose system not required
  • Saves on backwashing & cartridge filter cleaning
  • Some may be programmed for customized cleaning
  • Some models capable of remote control
  • Most clean a typical pool in 4 hours or less

Happy Swimming!

Robotic Pool Cleaners

Automatic robotic cleaner

Although robotic pool cleaners have been available for over 25 years, it’s just the last 5 or 6 years that their popularity has exploded.

This is mainly due to much lower prices and advanced performance. They are also very easy to set up and require no professional installation. Any pool owner can have them up and running in less than five minutes.

As robotic cleaners have their own motor and filter, they can operate independently from the pool equipment. They are also very user friendly and economical to operate. Although they may cost more to purchase than a suction cleaner they make up for it in the low cost of operation as they do not need the pools pump running to work.

Go robot go!

AquaVac 500

AquaVac 500

Most robotic cleaners can clean a complete pool in under 4 hours. Some models can even be programmed for customized cycles and with an automatic shut off timer. Some models such as Hayward’s AquaVac is so energy efficient, the cost of electricity to operate is equivalent to a standard 100w light bulb.

The AquaVac also has quick clean technology so it can calculate the size and shape of the pool and program itself for the most energy efficient cleaning cycle. This model is suitable for all pool types such as vinyl liner, fiberglass and concrete.

The Importance of Pool Sanitation

Sanitation is a necessary step for pool use, no matter how long you’re in the water

Sanitizing your swimming pool is one of the most important steps you can take before diving in for a dip. Whether you’re just looking to splash around for a few seconds or want to sSanitizing your swimming pooltay in for a long, lazy, relaxing and refreshing swim, you need to ensure your pool has undergone the proper procedure for keeping it clean of chemicals.

This is common knowledge among homeowners who have a pool on their property. However, some may not fully understand the ramifications of what can happen if a pool is not sanitized, and they – as well as any individuals who are considering purchasing a home with a pool, or adding one to their existing yard – may want to do a little research to understand why it’s so important to keep the water as pure and clean as possible.

Commonly used methods of pool sanitation

The most well-known and common method of sanitizing a pool is the use of chlorine. Chlorine was first used for water sanitation by a man named John Snow, who utilized it to disinfect the water supply in Soho, London in order to stop the spread of a cholera outbreak in 1854.

Although it’s not the only step that must be taken in order to keep a pool clean, it is a very necessary one, as it works to kill bacteria through a simple chemical reaction. Its use in swimming pools helps to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases and bacteria that can be harmful to humans.

Bromine is another chemical used to keep pools clean, although it is more commonly used for hot tubs and spas due to the fact that it remains more stable in hot water than chlorine. While it is also a more expensive solution, it can also be used less often than chlorine and has a more mild effect on skin, hair and eyes.

Other types of sanitation include saltwater chlorination, which is used as an alternative to chlorine due to the fact that it can be healthier for the skin and contains fewer chemicals; filtration, which removes pollutants; disinfection, which kills microorganisms; and participation from the swimmers themselves, such as showering before entering the water. Chlorine and pH levels in the pool should be regularly checked.

What can happen if your pool isn’t sanitized?

pool that is unsanitizedSwimming in a pool that hasn’t been sanitized is probably not a good idea, but many people may not understand exactly why. Here are some potential problems that can arise from a lack of cleanliness in the water.

Both environmental elements and swimmers can introduce contaminants to the pool, which can cause several different types of diseases and illnesses. Risks from the environment include dirt and debris, rain that contains algae and fecal matter from birds and other animals, while risks from human beings can come from micro-organisms from infected swimmers and body oils such as sweat or suntan lotion. Any homeowner with a pool in their yard should be aware of this risk, as outdoor pools have the potential to be easily impacted because of their proximity to things like dirt and debris.

Making sure your pool is clean doesn’t just make it look pretty for the people who use it. It’s an essential part of pool ownership, killing bacteria and viruses that could be harmful to humans. Pool owners should always keep a close eye on their sanitizer and pH levels to be sure the water is safe for swimmers.