how to take off pool filter cover


Author: PoolKing - Pool Sand Filter Manufacturers

How To Take Off Pool Filter Cover

If you are a pool owner, you know that maintenance is necessary to keep your pool sparkling and safe for swimming. Part of that maintenance involves cleaning your pool filter. In order to do that, you need to remove the pool filter cover. However, if you have never done it before, it can be daunting. In this article, we will guide you step-by-step to take off the pool filter cover with ease.

1. Turn off the pool pump

Before attempting to take off the pool filter cover, ensure that your pool pump is turned off. The pump must not be running while you are working on the pool filter. This is important for two reasons; it ensures that you don't damage the pool pump, and it also allows the water to settle before you open the filter cover.

2. Release the pressure in the filter

The pressure in your pool filter will build up when it is in use. To work on a pool filter, the first thing you must do is release the pressure. To do this, find the pressure release valve on your pool filter and turn it counterclockwise. If your filter does not have a pressure release valve, you can also release the pressure by opening the air relief valve at the top of the filter.

3. Locate the pool filter cover

Now that the pressure is released, you can locate the pool filter cover. It is usually located at the top of the filter and secured with clamps. Some filters may have multiple clamps, so take note of the number of clamps on your filter. You will need to remove all the clamps before you can lift off the cover.

4. Prepare to loosen the clamps

Before loosening the clamps holding the filter cover, prepare your tools. You will need a pool filter wrench, which is specially designed to loosen the clamps. If you don't have a pool filter wrench, you can use a large pair of pliers. However, a wrench is recommended as it will make the process easier and less likely to damage the clamps.

5. Loosen and remove the clamps

Using your pool filter wrench or pliers, loosen the clamps holding the pool filter cover. Be careful not to damage the clamps as you loosen them. Once the clamps are sufficiently loosened, remove them from the filter. Remember, some filters may have multiple clamps, so remove all of them before attempting to lift off the cover.

6. Lift off the pool filter cover

With all the clamps removed, it's time to lift off the pool filter cover. Grasp the cover firmly and lift it straight up. Be careful not to tip the cover or spill any water from the filter. Set the cover aside in a safe place where it won't get damaged while you're cleaning the pool filter.

7. Clean the pool filter

Now that the pool filter cover is removed, you can access the pool filter. Check for any debris that may have accumulated in the filter and clean it thoroughly. It is also an excellent opportunity to inspect the filter and check if any parts need replacing.


Removing a pool filter cover may seem like a daunting task, but it's quite simple. With the right tools and knowledge, you can easily remove the cover and clean the pool filter. Always remember to turn off the pool pump and release the pressure in the filter before attempting to remove the cover. Also, be careful not to damage the clamps, and lastly, clean the filter thoroughly. By following these steps, you can keep your pool filter in good working order and enjoy crystal-clear pool water all summer long.


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