Preventing Algae Build up and Maintaining Your Filter

Product & Design
 Min read
September 8, 2021

Once you purchase a Rusco spin-down or sediment trapper filter, you’ll want to get as much life out of it as possible. The good news is that unlike a lot of the sediment filters on the market, a Rusco filter is already designed to last a number of years without needing replaced. With that said, just like everything you purchase in life, if you don’t maintain your filter, you won’t be able to get the max potential out of it. So let’s look at what you can do in order to get the most out of your investment.

The best way to extend the life of your Rusco filter is to keep it clean. The great thing about a spin-down or sediment trapper filter is that it’s designed to be self-cleaning. As the unit is filtering sediment, the spin-down action helps to keep particles from sticking to the mesh and forces the particles toward the bottom of the housing, so when you turn the ball valve to flush the filter out, the majority of the sediment that is trapped will just fall out.

There are times, however, where you may need to do a bit more in order to keep your Rusco filter clean. A spin-down or sediment trapper filter is designed to be taken apart without the use of tools which makes maintaining your filter easy. The cover unscrews from the body by hand and the mesh element inside pops right out so you can clean each individual piece of the filter very quickly.

If your Rusco filter is sitting in direct sunlight, then you may notice algae forming inside of the housing. If you’ve ever looked at a lake or even a pool that has gone untreated for some time, you may have noticed that it turned green. As you know, the green color is algae, and according to Aquatic Environment Consultants, a number of things can lead to algae forming including the exposure to light. This means that your Rusco filter, which regularly has water running through it, will be a prime candidate to grow algae if it’s placed in direct sunlight. The good news is that Rusco offers something to help prevent this algae growth.

If you have an algae prone system or even just have your filter sitting in direct sunlight, you’ll certainly want to consider purchasing a Rusco Sun Shield®. A Sun Shield® is designed to cover up those parts of the filter that are most vulnerable to algae growth, ultimately preventing you from needing to clean the filter as much, while also extending the life of your filter’s different components.

A Rusco Sun Shield®, which is made of a soft neoprene foam, comes in four different sizes. No matter what size Rusco filter you have there will be a Sun Shield® to help protect your investment. The design of a Sun Shield® is actually similar to that of a Koozie that you may have for your drink. On the one end, the Sun Shield® has a large opening, which allows the piece to slide over the cover of your filter and the other end of the Sun Shield® is mostly enclosed keeping as much light as possible from shining directly onto the unit. It’s also very easy to slide the Sun Shield® down from the cover so you can see if it’s time to flush your filter. Placing a Rusco Sun Shield® over your filter will not only save you time from needing to clean algae out of the filter, but can help prevent unnecessary wear and tear to the filter saving you money.

If you're interested in learning more about a Sun Shield® or any of the other products Rusco has to offer, give us a call at 1-800-345-1033. A live customer service representative is available Monday through Friday to help you out. You can also always visit for more details.

If your filter is sitting in direct sunlight and you want to spend less time cleaning your spin-down or sediment trapper filter, all while helping to extend its life, look into a Rusco Sun Shield® today!

Source Notes: Information in this article regarding the formation of algae came from Aquatic Environment Consultants.