Outside Diameter: 4 15/16″ (12.5cm)
Top Finish: 2 1/8″ (5.4cm) hole
Bottom Finish: 2 1/8″ (5.4cm)
Hole Length: 13 5/16″ (33.8cm)
Pleatco Reference: PRB501N
Unicel Reference: C-4950
Filbur Reference: FC-2390
Great Barrier Reference: 8510
Pleat Count: 212
Tips for Filter Maintenance
Tip 1: Annual Replacement
Regardless of how clean you keep your tub’s filter, it is imperative that you replace it at least once a year. In addition to putting a severe strain on your tub’s pump, worn-out tub filters are unable to properly trap contaminants. Nothing lasts forever—especially tub filters.
Tip 2: Basic Rinsing
Your tub’s filter should be given a thorough rinsing once every 2 weeks. If you make frequent use of your tub, however, you may want to utilize this method of filter-cleaning on a somewhat more frequent basis. This method is very simple and can often be accomplished with nothing more than a garden hose. Taking care to remove every speck of dirt, use the hose to give your filter a vigorous soaking. If the filter is particularly dirty, all-natural cleaning products can be used in conjunction with this method. It is also important to rinse your filter off in this fashion whenever you change the water in your tub, regardless of how recently its last cleaning took place.
Tip 3: Filter-Cleaning Cartridges
If you want to keep your tub’s filter clean but aren’t a big fan of elbow grease, filter-cleaning cartridges may be right up your alley. Simply attach these cartridges to your garden hose, then attach your filter to the cartridge and spray. As you spray the hose, the cartridge will gently rotate, meticulously cleaning every inch of the filter. Within minutes, your filter should be as good as new.
Tip 4: Cleaning Products
If your tub’s filter is exceptionally dirty—or plagued with an all-too-common build-up of calcium scales—you may want to consider incorporating the aid of cleaning products. Acid Magic is particularly well-respected among filter cleaners, as it has proven extremely effective in laying waste to caked-on dirt and calcium. Should you decide to use cleaning products for filter-cleaning, it is strongly advised that you chose something all-natural and make sure that the product is intended for cleaning filters. Chemicals and detergents found in many household products can cause foaming problems with the water in your hot tub, so when scrubbing that filter, Mother Nature is a responsible hot tub owner’s best friend.
Tip 5: Mistakes to Avoid
When cleaning your hot tub filter, there are several things you should avoid. First off, do not attempt to clean your hot tub filter in a washing machine or dish washer, as the immense water pressure can damage the filter irreparably. Secondly, do not try to clean your filter with bleach or laundry detergents, as they will cause severe foaming problems with your hot tub’s water, much like other commercial cleaning products.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are so many different chemicals and cleaning products available. This is a personal choice. Some people prefer to use bromine as it is less harsh on the skin and some prefer chlorine as this is easier to regulate and easier to keep control of the levels to make sure they are fine. We provide advice to our customers and help them make the best choice for them. We don’t support any individual brands or type of chemicals – we stock them all.
After you have been using your spa for a few months and had a number of different people in it. Your hot tub will slowly start to build up with bacteria so we have a chemical called a hot tub flush. As you will be draining your hot tub every three months buy the hot tub flush. Place it in your spa, run your spa which will then move the water through the jets and through the pipes and get rid of the bacteria in there.
Filters are the first protection for bacteria as this is where the debris and all of the bacteria gets sucked down. Filters should be checked once or twice a week to make sure they are still clean – you can purchase a filter cleaner. We recommend changing your filter when you change your water which is every three months. But always check your filters once or twice a week.
With every spa purchased we give you a starter pack. You can decide whether you want chlorine or bromine. There are full instructions on the pack and you can always call us for advice.
Shocking a hot tub means applying an ample dose of chlorine (sodium dichlor) or non-chlorine shock (potassium monopersulfate or MPS). One purpose of this treatment is to break-down organic waste contaminants which cause odour and cloudy water.
Cleaning your filters is vital. The best thing you can do is buy a filter cleaner – it is simple and cheap. You put your filter in a bucket of water with the filter cleaner, then let it dry and then re-use your filter.
All chemicals should be added to warm water until dissolved before adding to your hot tub.
Add chemicals to the filter housing so that they go straight through the circulation area.
Leave tub several hours after adding a chemical to have change to circulate before testing and adding more.
Test Alkalinity first and get that up to balance TA – increaser will help this one. Make sure levels are ok before adding any other chemicals.
PH balance once this is at an ok level you can then add chlorine.
Add chlorine last. Do a shock dose for first time or when there is no chlorine present. Shock will be around 60 grams.
Please leave your tub a full 24/48 hours once chemicals are added before you use your tub, once you have used the tub you will need to add more chemicals as the levels would have dropped in the chlorine.
Test your tub daily until you get the hang of a routine when you will need to add certain chemicals.
Cloudy water is PH balance not level to correct either increase or decrease and leave several hours until tested again to let the chemicals circulate round the tub.
Green water is low chlorine or no chlorine we advise shock dose.