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Astral Swimming Pool Parts Diagrams has been updated with five new products, Including Astral Multiport Valves. Please call 954-442-1066

Updated: June 14, 2016

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Whitefly Invasion

demo The Whitefly arrived in Florida in 2009. Today it is found from the Florida Keys to the Palm Beaches. Areas infested leave a "honeydew-like" like film on pools that rapidly depletes chlorine. A favorite host to the white fly is the coconut palm, often found near pools. If you are experiencing rapid chlorine depletion that cannot be explained by any other means, contact you pool professional.

Updated: August 2014

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How to Take Care of Your Swimming Pool Cartridge Filters 
Do you have a pool in your backyard? ?Do you like swimming more than anything else? It’s extremely crucial to sanitize your swimming pool at regular intervals to ignore any health issues. Swimming pool filters are a superb means to remove the debris particles from the pool helping your pool sanitizer to work more efficiently. You must maintain that filter for optimum results.
Cartridges pool filters:? Cartridge pool filters consists of a paper like material that removes the debris from the pool by allowing water to pass thru the substrate, returning water to the pool sparkling clean. Replacing pool filter can be costly.? So you want to make them last as long as possible.? Clean cartridges periodically by removing the cartridge from the housing, simply hose them off with a strong stream of water, and never use acid on a filter as it can shorten the life of the filter. Maintaining good water chemistry will also prolong the life of the filter.? Excessive use of sun tan oils can cause an oil build up on the cartridge, soaking your cartridge in a mixture of one cup of tri sodium phosphate to five gallons of water can be beneficial. Powered dish washer detergent can also be used. ?A typical cartridge has a standard longevity of two to three years. ?With a little care this can easily be three to four years and avoid premature cartridge failure of one to two years.
Pressure
Make sure the pressure is within the normal operating range for your filter, excessive pressure can damage the filter and force dirt back into the pool, cartridge filters should be cleaned when the pressure reaches 5-8 pounds above the pressure when initially installed.
Regular cleaning: 
Cleaning of cartridges regularly makes sure its longevity
Don’t damage the filter
Avoid using brushes on the surface of the filter.? Only use water pressure or the cleaning method described above.
Use 2 sets of cartridges: 
You can improve the life-span of cartridges by employing two sets of it, alternatively. You must clean dirt cartridges on a regular basis and keep them in dry and safe place to improve their performance. This is especially useful when you have to soak cartridges to remove oils.
When the inevitable comes, look to My Pool for you source of swimming pool replacement cartridges. We have hundreds of cartridge for all types of cartridge pool filters. 

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