Pool Filter Cartridges

If you’ve ever used or seen a Brita water pitcher filter, you’ll understand the basics behind a pool cartridge filter. A pool cartridge filter essentially filters out the gunk from your pool by pumping water through the filter, which is a series of pleated bands designed to catch even very small particles. Though cartridge filters are not as efficient as sand and DE filters, they are much cheaper and require less maintenance. Here’s a look at one of these pool cartridge filter manufacturers: Pleatco.

Technical Details

Pleatco has been making pool cartridge filters for nearly forty years, so they are no newcomer. Offering over five hundred different models of pool filter cartridges, Pleatco makes cartridges for every type of pool. The Pleatco cartridge filters do have some unique features, including end caps that resist corrosion by pool chemicals, and special technology that filters even bacteria. The filter itself is a spun bonded polyester material.

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Like a regular water purifier, a pool cartridge filter uses a cylindrical filter to catch particles and microbes from your pool’s water. There are several manufacturers of pool cartridge filters that most American pools and spas use; one of the better-known companies is Unicel.

Technical Details

Unicel, like Pleatco, uses Reemay polyester pleats to accomplish the big job of filtering pool water. Reemay is a special material made by Dupont designed specifically for filtering pool water. As it happens, Dupont designed Reemay just for Unicel in the mid-1980s, and the material turned out to be so successful that most major cartridge filter manufacturers use Reemay today.

The flagship cartridge filter of Unicel is the T-380 Red Top, which works in any cluster-type filter housing. The cartridge filters produced by Unicel use rounded pleats instead of sharp pleats, which Unicel claims makes the filters easier to clean and more effective.

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