Caring for You Filters
As far as water maintenance is concerned, your filter is probably the single most important component in your hot tub.
Its primary purpose is to remove suspended particles, grease and debris from the hot tub. Most bacteria is killed by your sanitiser (ie. Chlorine or Bromine), however bacteria can still grow inside larger particles that your sanitiser can not penetrate.
Its crucial that you keep your filter clean, mainly because dirty clogged up filters arenít very good at cleaning your water, but also because a clogged filter reduces the flow of water throughout the spa to a level so low that your pumps and heaters are at risk of failure. We are often called out to visit broken heaters and we have found so many times that the problem was simply a blocked up filter!
How often should I clean my filter?
We would recommend giving it a clean at least once every two weeks. Use a product designed specifically for cleaning filters. There are loads of these on the internet.
How do I clean my filter?
Pick up up a filter cleaning chemical online. These usually come in the form of a tablet or a power. You usually dissolve the substance in water and then leave your filter to soak overnight.
You also need a brush of some sort to remote any debris. You can pick up special filter cleaning brushes on-line that do the job very well.
Always use gloves when cleaning your filter. Filters are breeding places for bacteria. You donít want to get any of that stuff on your hands!
Lastly, it is important to wait until the spa is completely dry once you reinsert your filter. Bacteria needs wet conditions to survive. By leaving the filter to dry you kill any remaining bacteria on it.
Canít I just put it in the dish washer?
We donít recommend using the dishwasher. Dishwashers tend to reduce the life of your filters.
How often should I change my filter.
This really depends on how often you use the spa, and how greasy you childrens hair is! Anywhere between 9 months to a year should be fine in most cases.
We would recommend having two filters and alternating between them every time you clean your filter.