8 DIY Pool Filter Ideas To Save Money and Enjoy Clean Water

Having a swimming pool in your yard is like having another room in your house— except it’s outside. If you have kids, you know how much fun they can have splashing around and playing with friends in it. 

But there’s always the worry about the cleanliness of the water, and the fact that you need to hire a professional to take care of that for you can be costly for you.

To help you keep your swimming pool clean and bacteria-free, we’ve put together a list of 8 DIY pool filter ideas that will fit your budget

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1. Use a Sand Filter

This is the most common type of pool filter and it’s easy to set up and use. You simply need to put a layer of sand at the bottom of your swimming pool. The water is forced through it as it passes through the filter. This removes any dirt or debris from the water.

2. Use a Cartridge Filter

This is the second most common type of pool filter. But unlike the sand option mentioned above, this works more like a vacuum cleaner. The Cartridge Filter traps any particles in a cartridge before sending clean water back into the pool. 

It’s usually attached to a pump and can be a little more complicated to set up than a sand filter, but it’s worth it for the extra cleanliness of pool water it provides.

3. Bucket and Stone Filter

This is a solution that won’t break the bank, but it requires some work on your part. All you need is a bucket, some stones and a piece of cloth or mesh. 

The stones act as the filter and the bucket holds the water as it passes through the stones and is then  purified. Be warned — this method doesn’t guarantee you a thorough clean-up as some of the other options could provide and it might not also be suitable for larger pools.

4. DIY Pool Filter

If you’re not happy with the idea of filtering your pool water through a bucket and stones or a cartridge filter, then you might want to consider building your DIY pool filter. 

This option will cost you more than the previous options, but it will give you more control over the type of filter that you use and how it’s set up. 

There are plenty of pool filters available that you can buy and it is easy to set up yourself at home. You just have to do some research and find the one that’s best for you.

5. Solar Pool Filter

If you’d rather not bother with a mechanical filter, you can invest in a solar pool filter instead. This system uses the sun to power the filtration, so it’s cheaper than an electric pump but just as effective with mechanical filtration. 

This option probably isn’t best for large pools since the surface area of the solar panels might be too small for them. But if you have a smaller pool, it’s definitely worth considering!

6. Ionizer Pool Filter

This is another non-mechanical option for filtering your pool water. It uses electrolysis to produce tiny bubbles that attach to any bacteria or other impurities in the water and remove them thereafter. This is a chemical-free option and is a good choice for people who are worried about the harmful effects of pool chemicals.

7. The Pool Skimmer

This is an underrated option that can help you significantly reduce the time you spend cleaning your pool. It’s a simple device that is attached to the edge of your pool and collects any debris before it has a chance to sink to the bottom. This is a good option if your pool is constantly full of leaves and other debris.

8. The Pool Magnet

This device can be attached to a pool pump. It will attract any metal particles that are in the water, from coins to tools. This is a good option if you have a lot of metal in your pool water.

Q. How to Save on Pool Filter Costs?

There are a few ways that you can save on pool filter costs:

– Use a sand filter: This is the most common type of pool filter and the cheapest to set up.

– Use a cartridge filter: This option is a little more expensive than a sand filter but it’s still cheaper than many other types of filters.

– Use a bucket and stone filter: If you feel comfortable tinkering with your pool set up, this is the cheapest DIY option.

– Build your own filter: This option will cost more than others but it’s also the most customizable.

Q. What Are the Benefits of DIY Swimming Pool Filters?

The main benefit of a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) swimming pool: 

  • You can customize a filter for your pool suitable to your budget.
  • You can choose a cheaper type of filter, or you can build a solar-powered system that uses the sun’s power to filter your water. 
  • You’ll have a better understanding of how your pool filter works and how to maintain it.
  • You also have more control over the type of filter you use and how it’s set up. 
  • You’ll be less reliant on pool filter manufacturers and their often high prices.

Final Thoughts

No matter which type of filter you choose, it’s important to keep it clean and well maintained. This will ensure that your pool water is always clean and safe to swim in. 

If you have any questions about pool filters, or if you need help choosing the right one for your pool, don’t be afraid to ask. We’re more than happy to help you!

D. Hahn

DIY guru, dad, husband, blogger. When I'm not creating life hacks I'm teaching my kids how to fix stuff after their dad breaks it.

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