One Year Without Cleaning A Filter: Pleatco Advanced ULTRA Test Results!


I wanted to really give the Pleatco Advanced ULTRA a real-world test so I left 4 cartridges in a filter for one year without cleaning them. The pool was fine for the entire year as far as water quality which in itself was pretty amazing. Typically, these for cartridge type filters need cleaning every 6 months so going an entire year was a real stretch. The pool was also open all year round so the filter was running every day for at least 8 hours per day.

One thing I really like about these cartridges is that they have no bands holding the pleats together. This makes cleaning these cartridges very easy and quick. The Aqua Comb filter cleaning tool really shines with the ULTRA cartridges. It took me about 5 minutes to clean all 4 cartridges, the dirt just poured right off of them which is also amazing after 1 year without being cleaned. Below is more about the Pleatco Advanced ULTRA.

Pleatco has been working on creating the best replacement cartridge filter and this year they have come out with the Pleatco Advanced ULTRA Filter Cartridges. The Advanced Ultra is only available at your Brick and Mortar retail store or from your pool service professional. These cartridges have a new feature called Pure Pleat technology which keeps the pleats rigid without the need of any bands across the center of the cartridge.

Here is what Pleatco has to say about the Advanced ULTRA cartridges:
“Over the past 5 years, Pleatco Advanced Technology has become the new standard in pool & spa filtration.

We stand behind the honest fact that all our filter cartridges featuring Pleatco Advanced Point Bonded Filtration Fabrics & Free Flow Core Technology hold more dirt, are easier to maintain, provide greater flow, save energy and last longer… and we have the research and results to prove it.

Our mantra is ‘constant improvement’ and we have continued to develop new products that leverage and enhance our 100% unique and exclusive technology.”
The Pleatco Advanced ULTRA features three of its innovative technologies all in one filter.

Point Bonded Filtration Fabric
Pleatco 4oz Point Bonded Filtration Fabric contains more fibers per unit area offering far greater volume dirt holding capacity than other filtration fabrics. With reduced pore size distribution, the fabric provides impressive turbidity reduction via unique cross filtration flow, easily and efficiently capturing dirt particles to achieve a deeper level of cleanliness and clarity than ever before. Due to uniformly placed weld spots, our unique Pleatco Point bonded fabrics are strong and robust, and return to a high state of original performance after cleaning, meaning greater usability, longer cleaning cycles, and less service time.

Free Flow Core Technology
Pleatco Advanced Filter Cartridges are constructed with precision-engineered Free Flow Cores. Our cores allow for the even flow of water through the entire cartridge which increases filtration, uses all the Pleatco Advanced Point Bonded Filtration Fabric, and makes it easier for the pump to move water through the entire cartridge. Pleatco’s Free Flow Cores are designed to be efficient, robust and save energy, money and the environment.

Pure Pleat Technology:
Pure Pleat Depth – Optimal use of the fabric surface area
Pure Pleat Stability – Ultra-strong pleats that are evenly spaced for unprecedented filtration efficiency
Pure Pleat Performance – Reliability and longer filter cleaning cycle times
Pure Cleanability – Super easy to clean and a time saver

By combining all of these features into the Advanced ULTRA cartridge, you can see why you are getting the best possible cartridge filter on the market today.

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