The Aqua Comb can make a tedious job fun
By Keith Loria
Hot tub owners are often frustrated with the time and effort it takes to clean their filters regularly, but if they don’t do it, their hot tub may experience problems. A dirty filter can be the instigator of myriad issues.
“What often happens is a new spa owner will get a hot tub installed, it bubbles nicely, and then two to three weeks out, the filter gets clogged, the jets aren’t as powerful and people aren’t so happy anymore,” says Mark A. Schreiber, president and inventor of the Aqua Comb. “If you don’t clean the filters one to three months out, you can burn out the jet motor or filters.”
The high water temperatures and biomatter load in hot tubs require much attention to cleaning filters and maintaining water chemistry. Proper water and filter maintenance is needed to prevent spa users from contracting recreational water illnesses such as the common hot tub rash.
Schreiber wanted to come up with a way to make things easier, and found a solution in his invention the Spa Aqua Comb, a hand-held filter-cleaning tool that attaches to a hose. The Aqua Comb combines a flat three-inch-wide spray that acts like a wall with a medium-length fingered pic-comb. The comb opens the pleats so the water can spray in, allowing the combs to scrub the pleat walls and dig out the dead biomaterial, oils and other accumulated debris. First, the cartridge filter should be sprayed with a quality filter cleaner, which helps disinfect the filter and loosen and soften the oils built up on the filter.
The Spa Aqua Comb is specifically designed for the shallow pleated cartridge filters used in most standard spas as well as swim spas.
“Spa owners will benefit in three areas,” Schreiber says. “The first is that the Spa Aqua Comb, combined with a spray cleaner, will both clean and disinfect their cartridge filters. This combined with proper water treatment will assure a clean and healthy spa experience.”
The second benefit is that it is easy, fun and empowering to use, Schreiber says. The design of the device, the three-inch-wide spray and the angled pic comb all contribute to a positive consumer experience.
“The design works perfect,” says Brian Osborne, assistant parts manager for Teddy Bear Pools & Spas, Chicopee, Massachusetts. “It’s easy to use, and it does what it says it’s supposed to do. The first time I ordered them was three years ago, and I ordered 12 of each. I just put an order in for 100 of each, so I’m selling eight times as many as I was. We love it here.”
The store uses the Aqua Comb in its in-store hot-tub demos so customers can see how it works firsthand, which makes for an easy sale.
“The referral rate is very high because it’s easy and fun to use,” he says. “It turns a dreaded job into something they won’t dread.”
“The third benefit is achieved if [the customer] does regular cleanings,” Schreiber says. “They will have strong jet flow, cleaner and clearer water. Indirectly they will not see pump motor failures or heater burnout due to high filter back pressure.”
Danielle Soto, manager for Eagle Pool & Spas Inc., Eagleville, Pennsylvania, says the Aqua Comb flies off the shelves and customers are always happy with them. Her company also offers a Pool Aqua Comb, specifically designed for deep pleated pool cartridge filters.
Inside the U.S., the company sells directly to retailers, but outside, it sells the product mostly through distributors. Suggested retail is $25 to $30.
Schreiber says he has pool service techs who have used the same Aqua Comb for more than four years in the field, and retailers are impressed with how simple it is to use.
Chris Siers, store manager for Dover Pools in Seaford, Delaware, says the filter comb is easy to use, works on all types of cartridge filters and allows for a thorough, deep clean.
“It saves our customers time and money, gives the best cleaning in less time and prolongs the life of the filter,” he says.