As a newcomer to this forum, I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the proper area. I have a fairly new 6.5 hp 16 gal Ridgid vac and wondered what most of you do to service the filter when need be? Is it best to simply blow them out or do any of you wash them as it says on the box you can do. The filter that came with the unit is the VF 5000. Also do you remove the filter to vacuum up water? Thanks for any help you can offer.