Smelly and cloudy water are a big sign that your spa or hot tub’s filter needs CLEANED OR CHANGED.
At Waters Choice we carry QUALITY filters that have proven over time to be an excellent brand. Filters come in a couple of different forms. They include pleated, disposable, bottom, top, and what is known as a pre-filter.
Our team knows first-hand how easy it is to forget to clean those filters, but setting a reminder on your phone or writing it on your calendar are great ways to help you remember to do it. Especially if you are not using your hot tub on a regular basis …
Hot Tub Pleated Filter Cartridges
You should rinse your filters at least once a week in the sink or by using a garden hose. First, turn off your spa. Next, open filter canister and remove filter cartridge from spa. Then, using a garden hose, spray the filter and rotate while spraying to thoroughly remove any debris lodged between the filter pleats.
If, when cleaning your filter, it does not come back to white, or if it has any kind of odor, clean with the following easy formula (per filter):
- One cup of bleach or vinegar per filter and enough water to cover the entire filter. A 5 gallon bucket works great.
- Soak for 1 hour.
- Rinse and replace.
Replace filters once a year. These filters help protect your health and your wallet.
Dirty filters can even void some warranties. Always replace a filter if the media is ripped, bent, or imploded.
TIP: Buy two sets of your filter. While one is being cleaned, the other can be used in the hot tub so your spa will never be without a clean filter.
Never let a dirty filter completely dry.
Disposable Filter Directions
The beauty of the Waters Choice Disposable Filter is that you never have to clean it! Simply insert the filter in the filter area and leave it. Check the filter at 2 months. The lifespan of a disposable filter is approximately 3 months and should be replaced at that time to ensure optimal filtration.
Never try to clean or rinse a disposable filter. It will start to discolor from the outside in. When you cannot see any white on the inside of the filter, it is time to replace it. Easy!
Do not use defoamers, clarifiers, surface cleaners, stain and scale mineral removers, or de-scummer chemicals. These chemicals are not necessary with Micron filters and will plug the filter reducing it’s life.
TIP: Disposable filters are great for winter months.
Filter Saver Bottom
Place round filter saver over the intake at the bottom of the spa, near the foot well.
WARNING: Never cover both intakes to the pump. If both filter savers plug up, it will damage the pump. Leave one intake open without a filter saver.
Use a high-pressure nozzle to rinse off. These are much easier to clean than cartridge filters. You can also wash them in a washing machine.
Filter Saver Top
Insert filter saver top directly in the basket under the floating weir.
WARNING: Do not use this filter saver if your spa has a circulation pump that pulls the water through the filter. These pumps are not strong enough to pull water through the Filter Saver Top when it starts to get dirty. You would not get the results you want.
Turn the water on and flush out any loose debris from your hose for about 25 seconds and connect the pre-filter to any standard garden hose. Then, begin to fill your spa. The slower the fill, the more effective the process.
When you are finished, store your pre-filter until the next use. It is effective for up to 8000 gallons!
A pre-filter is a great way to combat water problems before they start. It is like filling your spa with bottled water.
Resolve to Clean Those Filters
**Clean your filters once a week until they come back to pure white. If they are stained when you are done spraying them soak with a cup of bleach in enough water to cover the filter.
**When you are finished cleaning the filter sniff it and make sure there is no odor.
**Rotate Filters – keep spares on hand. Clean filters save energy and keep the water clearer
Here are a couple of links to previous blog or “NEWS” posts about filters that may be helpful:
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