What is a Self-Cleaning Swim Spa

Chances are, if you have been looking at buying a swim spa, you have probably heard the term ‘self-cleaning’ but may be unsure of exactly what that means. Hydropool has many state-of-the-art swim spas that are self-cleaning which allow you to spend more time enjoying your swim spa and not having to worry about cleaning the water, vacuuming the floors or constantly skimming the water.

It is important to keep in mind that when shopping around for a swim spa that not all models or manufacturers have the self-cleaning technology that Hydropool does. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that a model will have these features and always ask your dealer how much cleaning will be involved and what is required for maintenance. Remember, that high-quality swim spas are easier to take care of than lower quality models. Think about costs over the lifetime of your swim spa and consider the time you will save from not having to clean it and instead enjoy it to relax or get a great workout. Let’s take a look at what maintenance to expect and how self-cleaning models work.

What Cleaning Do I Need to Do?

If you want to be confident that your swim spa water is always clean and safe for bathers to enjoy, choosing a self-cleaning model is the best option. Although self-cleaning units handle the daily heavy duty cleaning tasks, there are still a few maintenance tasks that you will need to perform to ensure that your swim spa is running optimally. Here is what to expect on a daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly basis.


● Ensure that the proper water level is maintained
● Test the water and if necessary, add shock


● Add stain and scale controller
● Remove and clean the skimmer basket
● Remove and rinse the filter with a garden hose
● Top up chemical dispenser
● Inspect all connections to ensure there are no gasket or o-ring leaks


Each month, you will have to remove your filter cartridge and soak in a cleaning solution. To avoid any downtime with your swim spa, we recommend purchasing a second filter which can be used while cleaning your primary one.


Every three months, your swim spa needs to be drained so that the acrylic shell surface can be cleaned. This requires a special, non-abrasive cleaner that your dealer will be able to recommend.

Now that you are aware of what exactly a self-cleaning swim spa is and just how simple it is to maintain, you can begin shopping for a model that will perfectly suit your requirements and lifestyle. To get started, click here to download our swim spa buyer’s guide to learn more about the many options available.

How Self-Cleaning Swim Spas Work

Choose a swim spa that creates time for what matters most – enjoying time in it. With a Hydropool swim spa, 100% of the water in the unit is cleaned in just 45 minutes. Here is an overview of swim spas self-cleaning components.

Filtration Jets

Filtration jets clean the surface water by pushing floating debris towards the skimmer and pre-filter to be removed.

Pre-Filter and HIgh Flow Skimmer

These parts remove floating dirt and debris and increase filtration by moving dirt into the pre-filter and extending the cleaning cycles.

Floor Vacuum

Our floor vacuum automatically removed heavy dirt and grit from the floor and also ensures that water care products are efficiently circulated.


A pressurized dual core micro-filter works to filter the water in your swim spa while remaining out of sight and contact with guests.

Now that you are aware of what a self-cleaning swim spa is and how it works, you can begin your search for finding the perfect model to suit your lifestyle and needs. To get started, download our swim spa buyer’s guide here.

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