Think you pool filter thouroughly cleans your water? Think again.
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  • Swimming pool filters vary a lot as far as the size of the particles that they can capture and many things in a pool can slip right through them. This remaining microscopic debris can cause water to seem dull or cloudy. it can also provide a smorgasbord for algae to feed and grow.

    Particle size is measured in microns (one millionth of a meter).

    Pool Filter Capabilities (Particle Size):

    • Sand Filter: 20-30 Microns
    • Cartridge Filter: 10-20 Microns
    • DE Filter (Diatomaceous Earth): 2-3 Microns
    • Aquabag Pure: 1 Micron (30 times better that some sand filters)

    What your filter might not Catch

    Algae and Algae Spores

    Algae can be a frustrating thing to get rid of. After clearing it by conventional means and vacuuming, residue can remain in the water. This residue can consist of algae "shells" and spores. Removing the "shells" from the water and the spores can help lessen algae cycles.

    Bacteria and Protozoa

    Most bacteria will be killed by proper sanitation practices. Cysts of protozoa like crypto and giardia can be very resistant to sanitizers and can remain viable for months. Removing these contaminants reduces the risk of water related illnesses.

    Woman, child and dog swimming in a pool

    Pet Dander, Skin, Atmospheric Dust

    All of these things are unavoidable (unless you don't have pet in your pool). Not only can they affect water clarity, they also provide a source of food for algae.

    Skin oils and Lotions

    Skin oils and lotions pass through standard filters and can result in haze, an oily slick or a scum line on your pool walls. The Aquabag Pure filter will collect oils as well!