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As we all know, there are some important rules to follow if you want to keep your hot tub running in optimal condition. There’s cleaning that needs to take place daily if possible by circulating the water. There’s weekly filter cleanings that should be done, and there’s drain and cleans that should occur as well. Part of filling your spa back up with new water includes adding new spa treatment too. In order for your spa to be as clean as possible and to operate without interruption, you should look into balancing your water as best as you can. Here are some tips for balancing the water in your hot tub.
The first item that you will want to focus on is the pH level. The pH level should be between 7.2 and 7.8. Grab some test strips HERE. Once you’ve tested your water, the instructions that come with the test strips will inform you on how you can adjust your water to get it into that perfect range.
The next item to look at is alkalinity. For this level, you should be aiming between 80 to 120 parts per million (ppm). This is very similar to the previous step. Simply talk to your local dealer or order some test strips online and follow the instructions as necessary. This will ensure your spa’s alkalinity level is in that sweet spot.
Once your water is balanced, you will want to check the hardness of your water in order to avoid corrosion and foaming. Once again, test strips work best here. Calcium levels will differ depending on the source of your water, but you’re looking to get the levels between 100 and 250 ppm. Simply add more calcium to increase to desired levels, or add scale control to decrease to get under 250 ppm.
The last step is adding your chlorine. The levels that you are shooting for here are 3 to 5 ppm. You will want to check your chlorine levels at least once a week, but more often wouldn’t hurt. Keeping your hot tub sanitized is an important step that should not be overlooked.
If you are able to follow all of these steps, your hot tub will treat you with endless soaks in your future. The water will remain clean, and you and your friends can enjoy the wonderful benefits of owning your own hot tub. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact your local dealer and they can fill you in on any confusing details.
Do people drain their spa in the winter? If they do, maybe they shouldn’t because it could potentially be when a spa would get the most use! There are fewer things more satisfying than sitting in a nice hot tub on a cold winter evening. However, there are a few precautions you should take to have a winter season of relaxation and bliss in your hot tub, so make sure to use these great tricks for wintertime fun in your spa!
Know Your Hot Tub
Knowing your hot tub can help you make the best winter preparations. Know your hot tub controls, and the diagnostic messages and warnings (or at least know where your owner’s manual is).
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Winter is not the time to run out of your favorite enzyme. Dealing with icky water during cold weather really puts a damper on enjoying the hot tub experience.
Power Outages and Water Levels
If you lose power during the winter months, make sure you keep the insulated cover on the hot tub. If the power outage persists, a good trick is to setup a working light in the power pack compartment of your hot tub. The heat generated should keep your power pack from freezing.
Keep an eye on your tub water level. Low water levels can cause your pumps to quit functioning, the water in the tub to freeze, and damage to not only the hot tub but also to the plumbing fixtures and parts. Assure that the tub maintains its temperature so the piping does not freeze.
Getting to the hot tub
You should also have somewhere to place your clothing, footwear, and other belongings in the area closest to your hot tub. This will keep them warm and dry while you enjoy your time in the spa. An outdoor towel warmer would be a wonderful addition to your spa experience knowing that it will be very cold once you leave the heat of your spa. You may also want to wear some type of hat or headgear to keep your hair dry while using the tub.
Clear pathway for safety
Be sure to keep a clear path to your tub. Be sure to keep ice and/or snow off your path for safety reasons. Also use a good soft bristle broom to remove snow and ice from the top of your hot tub cover (No shovels or hard metal objects as they may damage the vinyl on the cover). You do not want snow and ice to accumulate on the top of your cover over the winter, or you may have to replace it in the spring.
Yes, winter can be cold, but with these tips, you can enjoy soaking in your spa all year long. Using your spa on a cold winter evening is a fantastic way to relax, and you will absolutely love it! If you would like to learn more about how to properly maintain your pool and spa, contact us today!