Hot Tub Water Care Guide

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Hot Tub Water Care Guide

So, you have installed a new hot tub or replaced an old one. That’s good. However, do you know how to take good care of it? Don’t worry if this is a grey area for you. Read our hot tub water care guide for simple steps that can help you keep your hot tub in good shape for years.

Step 1: Checking the pH of the water

Water is alkaline if the pH is 7 or higher. In a hot tub, you want stable pH levels around 7.2 to 7.8 with little fluctuation.

The higher the pH levels of your water, the less effective a chlorine disinfectant will be. At higher pH levels, you’re also going to notice that the water gets cloudy. It could also irritate your skin and eyes and cause other undesirable effects. 

The process of testing and balancing your alkalinity levels involves two significant steps: testing and treating. With the test, you will be able to tell whether the alkalinity level is too high or too low.  You can use Total Alkalinity Increaser if the levels are low, but if it’s high, get in touch with our team for the best course of action.

Step 2: Sanitization of water

Since warm water can accommodate some bacteria and viruses, you should sanitize it to keep it fresh and bacteria-free. The most popular sanitizers are bromine and chlorine, and each has its pros and cons. Chlorine is the better option as it’s.  Go for the slow-dissolving granular forms instead of liquid. 

Step 3: Shock treatment

Another vital aspect of maintenance is shocking the hot tub. What this does is it to break down the organic elements that could contaminate water and cause it to develop odors. The process reduces the need for higher chemical dosage while eliminating bacteria as well as algae, thereby prolonging the lifespan of your tub.

Step 4: Draining your hot tub

The final stage of maintenance involves a complete reset of the system every 3 months. Replacing the water serves to flush out the entire system which freshens things. It’s also a great time to clean your hot tub. The ability to clean the inside of your hot tub is one reason a complete drain is often better than partial drainage.

The process is also quite simple, and you don’t need a special cleaner. A sponge and sanitizer, such as white vinegar, works great. You’ll need to clean or replace the filters as well. While weekly you should remove and rinse your filters with warm water, during full drains they should be soaked in filter cleaner and then rinsed. Once the soak fails to remove grime, it’s time to replace your filters.

Check out Smiths Pools for all your hot tub maintenance needs

We offer testing kits, sanitizer, replacement filters, and more—everything you could possibly need to keep your hot tub up and running in top condition. If you have any more questions regarding proper hot tub care, we’d also be happy to help. Give us a call.



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