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Do All Pools Need a Filter?

Every pool, regardless of its size or usage frequency, requires a filter to ensure clean and safe swimming conditions. Without a filter, pool water quickly becomes contaminated, leading to cloudiness, bacterial growth, and the risk of algae infestation. A pool filter plays a crucial role in maintaining water clarity and eliminating potential health hazards.

Types of Pool Filters

There are three main types of pool filters to choose from:


  1. Sand Filters: Sand filters are the most common and cost-effective option. They are easy to maintain and provide efficient filtration by trapping debris and contaminants in the sand bed.
  2. Cartridge Filters: Cartridge filters offer enhanced efficiency compared to sand filters. Although they are more expensive, they provide better filtration and require less maintenance. Cartridge filters consist of pleated material that captures dirt and particles as water passes through.
  3. DE Filters: Diatomaceous Earth (DE) filters offer the highest level of filtration but are also the most expensive and require more maintenance. DE is a porous powder derived from fossilized diatoms, which efficiently traps debris and particles.

Choosing the Right Filter

The size of your pool and its usage frequency will determine the ideal filter for your needs. Smaller pools with occasional use may benefit from a sand filter, while larger pools or those with regular use might require a cartridge or DE filter for more effective filtration.


Beach to Bay Dive Services started in early 2019 as a commercial dive service. Our team continues to provide our customers with the peace of mind knowing that each Tampa pool service will be performed correctly from conception to completion at a fair cost. Our reputation has been and continues to be our best advertisement. Recently, Beach to Bay Dive Services has transitioned to Beach to Bay Divers and Pools. Our experienced pool technicians provide a level of service and repairs that assure our pool customers have that same peace of mind as our dive service.