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Suggestions how to clean spa flex PVC

I think it time I give all my spa flex PVC lines a good cleaning. The problems is how do I do it, without removing all the lines, and use some type of brush, all the brushes that I have found online or local fish store are to short and narrow for 1 inch PVC Any suggestions?

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You can chlorine bleach them and let it sit for about 5-10mins then blast some water through with a hose. Will work. Then just rinse them out good and if you are really worried put it in a trash can with dechlorinator added to water to soak. Of course you will have to remove the lines to do this but it will clean your lines the most effectively.

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I think you will need to remove the lines to get an adequate cleaning job done properly.

You can use a metal coat hanger stretched out, run it through the PVC, tie a thin washcloth on the end and then pull it through the pipe.

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I think you will need to remove the lines to get an adequate cleaning job done properly.

You can use a metal coat hanger stretched out, run it through the PVC, tie a thin washcloth on the end and then pull it through the pipe.

That a good idea about the coat hanger and washcloth, I will have to try that. I am starting to think you are right, only way to get it really clean is pull the lines out. It in several sections, so if I did a few each day it would not be that bad I don't think. It would be to much trying to do it all at once, plus I think I would not be able to get it back together. ha ha
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Weed Eater line will also go through most plumbing, and gentle sweeps. Then it comes out the other end use some electrical tape to attach somewhat abrasive cloth that is thick enough to stay pressed against the inside of the tubing.

This will not go through most fittings, though. Too sharp a turn.
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walmart has a drain cleaner. its about a 4 foot flexible wand with rigid nylon brush at the end. does the trick on my plumbing i think its maybe 5 bux?

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walmart has a drain cleaner. its about a 4 foot flexible wand with rigid nylon brush at the end. does the trick on my plumbing i think its maybe 5 bux?
Thanks for the info, I will have to stop by today and see what they have. Did you remove all your plumbing?
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NOPE.
just putt it loose fom the sump side ram it up in there and let it go. i do this by weekly so there isn't too much crud

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OK, thanks for the info. I will give it a try. I pulled my pump a few days ago, and the lines had a lot of crud, so I started looking at everything else and it was the same way, so figured a little maint. is needed on all those lines.
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OK, thanks for the info. I will give it a try. I pulled my pump a few days ago, and the lines had a lot of crud, so I started looking at everything else and it was the same way, so figured a little maint. is needed on all those lines.
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Hi Jim_PA,

I hated removing and cleaning filter lines - I found it time consuming and messy; so I picked up this brush.

Flexible Brush - 5 foot long for 1/2" - 1" diameter tubing; 4" long X 1" wide brush head




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5' long! Where did you find that one, Roy?
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Hi Diana,

I picked it up locally for about $8 including tax.

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walmart has a drain cleaner. its about a 4 foot flexible wand with rigid nylon brush at the end. does the trick on my plumbing i think its maybe 5 bux?
I picked one up today, and wow it sure made it easy to clean all the pipes. They sure were dirty. With it being so easy, it no big deal now to do it more often. I feel like my tank looks cleaner since I did it. It was really bad.
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Wow. Where do you look for something like that? Hardware store?
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