Your Spa Systems

Your spa is equipped with powerful systems to help keep the spa water clear and inviting.  Spas use a strong pump and motor to circulate the water and pass it through a filter.  The motor also runs the jets to help provide the relaxing, bubbling experience that spa owners love.

Circulation and Filtration

  • Every day, bacteria and other contaminants can find their way into your spa water.  Proper circulation will help prevent these contaminants from becoming problems.  As the water circulates it passes through the filter and the suspended particles are trapped there.  The circulation system also helps distribute the Spa Essentials® products that kill bacteria, prevent problems and keep the water sparkling clear.

What You Need To Do

  • Run your spa's circulation system every day.  Check your spa owner's manual to determine how long the circulation system should run or ask your Spa Essentials dealer for advice.
  • If your spa has a separate circulation pump that runs continuously, make sure your system is always in good working order.
  • Many spa problems are caused by poor filtration.  A spa filter that is working properly will help keep the water clear by capturing the hair, oils and cosmetics that wash off people when they use the spa.  If the spa filter is dirty or clogged, it cannot remove this debris and the material will remain in the water.  Most spas have a cartridge filter.  Check your owner's manual for information on how to remove the filter for cleaning.  Typically you should clean the filter every four to six weeks.

How to Clean Your Filter

  • Remove the cartridge filter.
  • Rinse the filter with a garden hose to remove loose debris.  A spray nozzle will work best.  Do not use a pressure washer as this may damage the filter elements.
  • Every time you clean your filter, use Spa Essentials Filter & Cartridge Cleaner to dissolve and loosen the built-up oil and dirt.
  • Thoroughly rinse the cartridge again. (Allow the filter to dry before replacing it in the spa.  Many spa owners prefer to have an extra filter to use while cleaning the dirtly one.)
  • Return the cleaned cartridge to the filter housing.
  • Replace the filter element as often as the manufacturer or your Spa Essentials dealer recommends.