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Pool Maintenance in the Mid-South

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Pool Scouts of the Mid-South offers pool maintenance to our neighbors in Shelby County, Desoto County, and surrounding areas to preserve a healthy swimming pool and to help avoid any issues from building over time. Our team of Scouts is fully trained to not only service your pool but to identify any areas that are or could become troublesome if left unattended, saving you time and resources in the long run. 

When you choose Pool Scouts of the Mid-South to maintain your pool, you’re not only getting excellent pool care but ongoing maintenance that will keep your pool at its healthiest at all times. 

While our Scouts always thoroughly go through our pool cleaning checklist during any pool service, here are a few of the other service options that Pool Scouts of the Mid-South offers that are needed every so often to maintain a healthy swimming pool. 

  • Cartridge Filter cleaning  
  • Sand Filter Cleanings  
  • Minor Repair  
  • Salt Cell cleaning and/or replacement 


Did you know that your old reliable sand filter will need servicing every 4 to 5 years? The most obvious sign of needing service is a cloudy pool, but don’t wait until it gets to that point. Over time, the sand in your sand filter wears out, and slowly the water is not as clear as it once was. If you wait until the water is cloudy, then you risk a green pool and a mess on your hands. Replace the sand every 4 to 5 years and preemptively prevent any filtering problems. Our service includes: 

  • Remove old sand from the filter
  • Replace the lateral assembly
  • Install the correct sand as specified by the manufacturer of the filter 


Keeping up with proper maintenance of your pool filter is important, and while maintaining its cleanliness is a key element of pool maintenance, the cartridge will eventually need to be replaced. Here’s how to tell if your cartridge needs to be cleaned, or if it’s time to toss it and get a new one. 


  • The pool filter cartridge needs to be cleaned whenever the filter pressure gauge increases by around 8 PSI, or pounds per square inch, above the normal operating pressure.
  • Another rule of thumb is at the very least to clean the cartridge every six months. Keeping a schedule is an easy way to make sure the cartridge cleaning gets taken care of.
  • Outside of these two factors, if there’s a change in the water quality you’ll want to inspect the filter cartridge. It may just be in need of a good cleaning. 


The time frame for how long a cartridge lasts can range, typically about 3 – 5 years. There are other determining factors though to keep an eye on to know if it’s time to replace your pool filter cartridge. Here are a few of the tell-tale signs it’s time for a new cartridge. 

  • Changing Water Quality: If the pool water remains cloudy or green even after balancing chemicals, it’s time to check the filter cartridge. Each time a filter cartridge is cleaned, the cartridge’s fibers wear down and separate a bit more, allowing finer dirt and debris to pass through. 
  • Increased Cleaning Frequency: Once you notice the pressure gauge rising above 8 PSI more often, it’s most likely time for the cartridge to be replaced. Make sure to keep note of when you last cleaned your cartridge so that you can monitor the frequency of when it’s cleaned. A good rule of thumb is when it needs to be cleaned in about half the time it used to be, it’s time to replace it.
  • Damaged Filter: Each time you clean your filter, you should inspect it for any tears or damage in the fabric. If damaged, the filter can’t properly filter debris out, leaving you with a dirty pool.
  • Check Filter Bands: Cartridge filters have horizontal bands around them to keep the pleats spaced correctly. If the bands are loose, falling off or missing, the filter should be replaced. 

If you’re interested in having Pool Scouts maintain your pool to keep it clean and healthy or to learn more about one of our maintenance-specific services, give us a call at 901-842-1747. 

*For advance repairs, we have a list of qualified professionals that we trust in your area that we can refer you to.*