Hot Tub Filters Have Important Jobs
A hot tub for personal use can be a fun and relaxing activity. While owning a hot tub is highly enjoyable, it also requires the proper maintenance to make sure it continues to run smoothly. Regular cleanings to certain parts of your hot tub is the key to ensuring your home oasis stays in peak performance. One of the most important pieces to keep clean in your hot tub is its filter. The filter has an important job as it is responsible for stopping contaminants and other pollutants from flowing into the water.
Furthermore, it catches larger items like leaves and bugs from clogging hoses, getting into the water pump, and getting into the hot tub water. In most cases, filters for hot tubs should be changed about every two years or so. However, if you have hard water or use your hot tub frequently you may need to change it sooner as the lifespan may not last quite as long. It might be time to completely replace the filter if you start to notice it breaking apart during regular cleanings. You may also see it change green or brown in color and that is another sign that it’s time to get a new one.
In order to have your filter last and work properly for as long as possible, it’s important to clean your hot tub filter out on a regular basis.
More Than One Way To Clean A Filter
There are a few different ways to clean your hot tub filter. Pick which way is right for you and which way fits your schedule the best. About once a week, turn off the hot tub pump and turn off the power to the hot tub. Remove the filter and rinse it off thoroughly with a garden hose. If you are looking for a more intense cleaning method, you can purchase a filter cleaning solution to use in washes.
Spray your filter with the cleaning solution and let it sit and soak for 15 minutes. Rinse it off very well with your garden hose. You are going to want to make sure you get all of the cleaning solution out of the filter so your hot tub water doesn’t fill up with soap. A deep clean every now and then is also recommended. A good time to do this is when you’re also taking the time to change the water in your hot tub. Take a five gallon bucket and fill it with water and the recommended about of cleaning solution that is indicated in the cleaning solution’s directions. Immerse your filter in the mixture and let sit overnight.
Discard the water and thoroughly rinse out, again so that none of the cleaning mixture is left in the filter which can cause suds to form in your hot tub water. Be sure to let the filter dry completely before returning it to the hot tub.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on August 31, 2013 and has been updated in order to provide a more detailed description of regular filter cleaning practices, tips and usage.