THE ABCS OF HOT TUB WATER CARE FOR BEGINNERS
Take some time to become familiar with a few essential tips before you plunge into the warm water of your new hot tub. Because it needs the same fundamental maintenance, you can consider your spa a small swimming pool.
Ensure proper hot tub circulation.
Maintaining proper water circulation is essential for hot tub water care. You can maintain the safety of your hot tub water by putting it through your cartridge filters during circulation. Your spa can feature an automatic circulation schedule that ensures it runs once or twice a day, depending on the model. These cycles circulate the water for at least 15 to 20 minutes to ensure that all the water in your tub travels through the filters.
In the absence of an automatic cycle, run your hot tub twice daily for 15 to 20 minutes to guarantee the water is changed. Use those filters without hesitation. Your hot tub will get cleaner the more you use it.
Follow a basic hot tub cleaning routine.
Effective hot tub water care includes regularly cleaning your hot tub. Both indoor and outdoor hot tubs can develop scum, but if your spa is outside, keep an eye out for other detritus like leaves, wind-blown rubbish, and rare stray animal. Keep the waterline and seats clear for a clean hot tub and to help avoid any potential water problems.
Cleaning your spa’s shell and jets with a sponge and white vinegar once a week will keep everything in order. Use it to remove the water’s edge scum line as well. Ensure to clean your hot tub’s inside as frequently as possible, and remember to wipe off the shell. While at it, quickly spray a 10% bleach-to-water solution on the hot tub cover to prevent mildew.
Balance the chemistry of the water in your hot tub.
Although more difficult due to the stark size difference, balancing the water in your hot tub is similar to balancing pool water. However, you need to have a baseline assessment of the water chemistry in your spa before you add anything. Test the water in your hot tub once it is filled to determine its pH and alkalinity levels.
Keep a lot of necessary chemicals on hand so you can adjust your water as necessary:
- You can change your pH with a pH increase and a pH decrease.
- An alkalinity booster can stop your pH from fluctuating excessively.
- Use a sanitizer with either chlorine or bromine to kill germs and other pollutants.
- Shock (non-chlorine or di-chlor) helps improve your sanitizer by introducing oxygen and eradicating bacteria and chloramines.
- Utilize test strips or a liquid test kit to ensure that all of your chemical levels are within the acceptable range.
- Use a defoamer (optional) for prompt relief from foamy hot tub water.
Hot tub water maintenance
You can start along the road to soaking satisfaction by beginning with the Three ABCs, which offer a solid foundation for hot tub maintenance. Add a reliable and regular hot tub repair program to strengthen your spa maintenance routine even more. By taking on increasingly challenging activities, you’ll increase your hot tub proficiency while lowering your danger of unpleasant surprises.