I don’t know about all of you, but when it starts getting chilly outside I just can’t wait to get into the hot tub. If you are just opening it, there are a few steps to take to make sure your spa is safe to being soaking in again.
- You’ll need to clean out those jets. Whether you drain the tub for the winter or keep the water in, you’ll need to clean all the gunk out of your jets from the previous season. We recommend Leisure Time’s Jet Clean for this job.
- Remove the filter. Very Important!! You’ll also need to clean the filter before putting it
back into fresh water. Now while you’re waiting would be the best time to do so. Use SpaGuard Filter Cleaner and let soak for 15-30 minutes before rinsing.
- Add 16 oz. jet clean to a full warm spa. For those of you who do empty your spa for the winter, you’ll need to fill the tub and let it heat up.
- Run the jets for 15 minutes.
- Turn off the jets for 1 hour.
- Run the jets for 15 minutes to blow all of the dirt and grime out of the lines.
- Drain the spa and clean the tub while draining with BioGuard Off The Wall or Spa Guard Spa Mitts and rinse.
- Re-fill, test and balance to begin your SpaGuard chemical program.
2. Balance your new spa water! Add your sanitizer and shock and test the pH, alkalinity, and calcium to ensure a safe environment for both your soakers and your equipment.
Don’t forget- We offer free water testing at our convenient location in Hudson, NH! Bring your spa water to the BioGuard Water Care Experts!
3. Enjoy your clean, fresh spa!
After spending so many years working with Advanced Spa And Pool, I tend to hear the same questions repeated. I often wonder if that customer spent many frustrating hours looking for answers online to fix the pickle they’ve found themselves in before they came in to the store, so I decided to answer some of those questions for all of you. Now you can ACTUALLY find reliable information on the internet. How about that!
How much work is a hot tub to maintain?
A hot tub is not difficult to maintain. BioGuard makes taking care of your hot tub simpler than ever. You’ll pick your sanitizer, chlorine, bromine or biguanide. You’ll add your sanitizer and stain and scale control (for metals in the water) once a week, shock the tub when you’re done using it, and test and balance the water weekly. The tub should be drained 3 times a year. Every time you drain the tub or after heavy usage the filters need to be taken out and cleaned with a chemical filter cleaner to strip the pleats of cosmetics, bather waste, oils, etc.. Chemicals are normally added at a rate of tablespoons and teaspoons. ASAP can make the process even easier for you by giving you a detailed set of directions to take home; so easy anyone can do it!
What exactly does an ozonator do for my hot tub?
Ozonators put ozone gas in the spa water. Ozone is one of the strongest oxidizers in the world, much stronger than chlorine. Ozonators should not be used as sanitizers or to replace your normal sanitizer; it will not do enough work to keep your spa clean and safe. With that being said, ozone IS a phenomenal OXIDIZER. It can drastically lower chemical usage because it’s taking care of a lot of the work your sanitizer and maintenance shock would need to do otherwise. It is a great edition to any and every tub to help simplify hot tub maintenance even more.
Should I use Bromine or Chlorine?
Some spa manufacturers will void the warranty on jets and other parts if Bromine is used in the spa (because it is a salt, and salt makes more scale), so you may want to look into that before making any final decisions on which you would like to use. Chlorine is the most popular and cost-effective sanitizing system used in spas. It does not come in a tablet or liquid form; only granular, which simplifies the decision making and makes maintenance easier by only calling for a couple tablespoons a week. Bromine comes in a tablet and concentrate, and Bromine is more stable in hot water and in a higher range of pH than Chlorine is. Bromine is a salt, so you may find scale along the water lines and jets which left untreated can cause corrosion. All in all, both Chlorine and Bromine are spectacular sanitizers, and at the end of the day the decision will be left up to your own preferences and what fits your lifestyle best.
How often do I need to test and drain my hot tub water?
That’s a difficult question to answer because there are so many variables to consider. A good rule of thumb though, is to drain it 3 times a year or when your TDS reaches 1500 parts per million above your source water. TDS- total dissolved solids, is the measurement of solids in the spa water that can no longer be filtered out. Simply put, it tells us when your spa water “goes bad.” We can find that out for you with a free water test at our store.
I know someone who’s gotten rashes from their hot tub. Are they allergic to the chlorine?
It’s actually extremely rare that someone is allergic to Chlorine or Bromine. Most of the time, when someone is getting a rash the biggest culprits are low pH or very low/no chlorine. When the pH is too low, the water becomes acidic and harmful to the bathers skin (for the equipment too). The pH in a hot tub should always be between 7.4 and 7.6. Why? Because the pH of your tears is 7.5. The chlorine should be between 3 and 5 parts per million to sanitize properly. If it’s lower than that or if there is no active chlorine in the spa, it is not killing bacteria, leaving the bathers at risk for rashes and the like.
If you have other questions about spas and water chemistry, check for new blog posts or stop in to Advanced Spa And Pool with a water sample for a FREE analysis. Our water care pros will personally answer all your questions!