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How to Look After your Spa Filter

The Unsung Hero: What Your Spa Filter Does for You

Often overlooked and underappreciated, your spa filter is the silent workhorse of your spa system. Operating every second your spa is running, this crucial component is responsible for filtering out a myriad of contaminants—ranging from algae and bacteria to hair, body oils, and even dead skin. It's a challenging task, but essential for maintaining a clean and healthy spa environment.

The Importance of Regular Spa Filter Maintenance

Given the heavy lifting your spa filter does, it's crucial to keep it in optimal condition. Proper maintenance not only extends the lifespan of the filter but also ensures that your spa water remains crystal clear and safe for use. Here's how to keep your spa filter in top shape:

Daily Operations: Keep the Spa Running

  • Run the Spa on Low Speed: Ensure that your spa operates on low speed for at least three hours each day. This promotes good water circulation and helps in effective filtration, even if the spa isn't in use that day.

  • Weekly Additives: Add Spa Shock and Water Clarifier to your spa weekly to assist in proper filtration.

When to Replace Your Spa Filter

Replace your filter immediately if you notice any of the following signs:

  • The filter has been in use for over 12 months.
  • Discolouration such as grey, brown, or green hues appear on the filter.
  • The filter appears beige or off-white even after cleaning.
  • The spa has a new owner.
  • The filter element (the paper-like part) loses its fibrous texture.
  • Cracks or splits appear on the filter top or bottom.
  • The filter element starts to unravel or disintegrate.

Regular Maintenance Activities

  • Weekly Rinse: Use a high-pressure garden hose to rinse the filter weekly.

  • Oil Absorbers: Utilise "Scumballs" or "Scumbugs" to absorb oils, reducing the load on your filter. Squeeze them out after each spa use and replace as needed.

  • Avoid Soap-Based Cleaners: Never use soap-based cleaners like Windex on your spa or filter. Also, refrain from using car wax on your spa.

  • Proper Seating: Ensure the filter is correctly seated in its compartment or skimmer for 100% effective filtration.

  • Water Chemistry: Maintain the correct water chemistry levels. Filters can't kill algae or bacteria; they can only trap them.

  • Bi-Monthly Deep Clean: Use a Filter Cleaner Solution every two months and whenever you drain and refill your spa.

Pro Tips for Spa Users

  • Alternate Filters: Keep two filters and alternate them every other week. This allows you to clean one while using the other.

  • Pre-Spa Hygiene: Ask spa users to shower and remove any hair products, deodorants, or skin creams before entering the spa.

  • Clothing Caution: Avoid wearing regular clothing in the spa as they can contain detergents and dyes that cloud the water and clog the filter.

Conclusion: A Spa is Not a Bathtub!

Remember, your spa is not a place for soaps or oils. If guests have long hair, consider keeping some baseball caps handy to keep hair products out of the water. Following these guidelines will not only prolong the life of your spa filter but also enhance the overall spa experience by maintaining water clarity and hygiene.

By adhering to these simple yet effective maintenance tips, you can ensure that your spa filter continues to operate efficiently for many months to come.

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