Diatomaceous Earth For Pool Filters

Diatomaceous Earth is also known by many other names, such as DE, TSS, Celite, and Diatomite. DE is a soft sedimentary rock. It appears in a powder like form and generally a chalky off white color. De does have a coarse feel kind of like pumice. DE is very light weight, this is because of the porous quality of the rock. DE is the fossilized remains of Diatom, an ancient hard shelled algae. These Diatoms were water born, so are found in two different types.

Fresh Water Diatoms

There are fresh water Diatoms, that are found in old dry lake beds. Fresh water Diatoms are most useful as and additive for potting soil. It is a very pourous material that drains water well and allows a great amount of oxygen in to allow plant a sturdy balance for growing.

Saltwater Diatoms

The saltwater variety of Diatoms is very high in crystalline which makes it very useful as a filtering material. The shape of the microscopic Diatom is what gives it the ability to trap contaminates very effectively. Because of the extreme filtering capabilities, Diatoms are used in many day to day products.

Diatoms are used as an element for fish tanks. Diatoms are also used in the process for making paper filters. We come into contact with paper filters every day, such as coffee filters, car air filters, oil filters, air condition filters. there are also uses for Diatoms when filtering beer, wine, syrups, sugars, paper, paints, and soaps. Diatoms have been used for many years as a mild abrasive in metal polishes, and even in tooth paste.Because of the extreme absorbency value of Diatoms, they have been use as a pesticide for many years. The object is the DE is spread over the surface, the pest crawls through the DE. The pest dehydrates from the absorbency of the Diatoms, and dies

When using DE for swimming pool you should have knowledge there are dangers. DE is an extremely absorbent material and should be handled with caution. Use gloves when working with this material. Always use a breathing masks when using Diatoms.