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Hot Tub Maintenance : Keep your hot tub clean and healthy

Hot Tub Maintenance : Keep your hot tub clean and healthy

To keep clean, a hot tub needs quality and the correct amount of chemicals  to protect your hot tub pump and other parts as well as the cleanliness of the water.Every three months it’s recommended to empty the water and fill with fresh water. In addition, the water level and filtering in your spa will also affect the hot tub and must be maintained.

Our tips for spa maintenance will provide you with the information you need to carry out basic hot tub maintenance. In this way, the water will remain cleaner longer and your hot tub pump and parts will last longer. For the most part, only a few minutes investment at a time will be required for your hot tub maintenance, ensuring the luxury of a home spa year round.

 

Before Your Hot Tub Maintenance

Assuming that your hot tub is going to be cleaned and filled for the first time, there are a few spa maintenance tricks that will make the job easier. To begin with, use the right chemicals provided by Dreamspas Limited for cleaning your hot tub, be sure to wipe off any soap residue with wet paper towels or a wet cloth. This will prevent the water in your hot tub foaming up after it is filled, which is harmful to your hot tub pump and can become a real nuisance when the foam rises too high. In fact, bad cases of foam may require you to empty your hot tub and start your spa maintenance over again or use large amounts of foam reducer on a regular basis. When filling your hot tub, be sure to bring the water level to just above the halfway opening of the skimmer. We do not recommend using softened water of any kind for filling the spa due to the difficulty it causes in balancing your water, and possible corrosion issues to the heater.  If during spa maintenance you fill the tub too low, the hot tub pump will disengage as a safety measure or you will hear air cavitating down through the skimmer throat. The spa will then stop heating and circulating and may appear to be broken. Therefore, make checking the water level in your hot tub a routine part of your spa maintenance.

 

Initial Hot Tub Maintenance

First time spa maintenance (for fresh water) includes a few additional steps above and beyond routine hot tub maintenance. The hot tub chemicals below can be added into the hot tub water, while the hot tub is circulating (that is, while the hot tub pump is working).

 

  1. Shock. Add 2 oz (2 tablespoons) of Shock for two reasons. Firstly, shock will oxidize organisms killed by the sanitiser which will eliminate any unpleasant odors in your hot tub. Secondly, shock will activate the hot tub chemicals making them act faster.
  2. Calcium Hardness Increaser. Add 8 oz (8 tablespoons) of Calcium Hardness Increaser. This hot tub chemical will protect your hot tub pump and equipment from corrosion by increasing the hardness of the water.
  3. Granular Bromine. Add 2 oz (2 tablespoons) of granular bromine to the spa water to kick off the sanitation of your hot tub with proper bromine levels. This will allow you to use your hot tub shortly after the spa maintenance, without risk of sitting in unsafe waters.
  4. Bromine. Add bromine tablets to your bromine floater. DO NOT place tablets directly into the skimmer basket. This will keep your hot tub water clean. Tip:It's recommended to use a bromine floater as you can then determine how much bromine to release at a time
  5. Stain & Scale. Add 2 oz (2 tablespoons) of Stain & Scale to your spa water to protect your hot tub pump and equipment by preventing mineral build up.

 

Tip 01: Keep the hot tub pump working for 30 minutes after your spa maintenance.

Tip 02: Test the quality of the spa waters with hot tub tester strips. The colour patches that appear after dipping in the spa will tell you if you need to add or countermand any of the hot tub chemicals you used.

 

Weekly Hot Tub Maintenance

This weekly spa maintenance should supplement your bi or tri-weekly spa maintenance discussed below. In this step you will be adding hot tub chemicals to supplement the initial maintenance you performed on the fresh water. These hot tub chemicals should be tossed into the spa while the pump is working and the waters are bubbling.

 

  1. Shock. Add 1 oz (1 tablespoon) of non chlorine based Shock to keep the oxidation process going. This will eliminate odors by oxidizing dead organisms. This will also help to keep your hot tub chemicals potent. Tip: For large hot tubs increase the dose to 2 oz (2 tablespoons).
  2. Stain & Scale. Add 1 oz (1 tablespoon) of Stain & Scale to keep protecting your hot tub pump and equipment from mineral or metal buildup. Tip: For large hot tubs increase the dose to 2 oz (2 tablespoons).
  3. Bromine/Chlorine. Add Bromine or Chlorine tablets to your floater to keep the spa waters sanitized. (If unit is “Not” ozone equipped). If your spa has an ozonator installed, this step is not necessary.(NEVER MIX Bromine and Chlorine in the same body of water)

 

Tip 01: Keep the hot tub pump working for 30 minutes after your spa maintenance.

Tip 02: Test the quality of the spa waters with hot tub tester strips. The color patches that appear after dipping in the spa will tell you if you need to add or countermand any of the hot tub chemicals you used.

 

Bi-Weekly or Tri-Weekly Hot Tub Maintenance

Every two or three days, it is recommended to test the water in your hot tub. Use hot tub strips, the kind you dip in the water. The colour patches will show you exactly which chemicals should be included in your routine spa maintenance.

Based on the results add

  • Bromine/Chlorine: Add bromine/Chlorine* tablets to your bromine floater. If the bromine level is too high, reduce the size of the aperture on the floater. If they are too low, increase the size.
  • PH up. Depending on the strip test, add 1 or 2 oz (tablespoons) of PH Increaser to raise the PH level in the spa water. This will protect your hot tub pump and equipment from corrosion.

We recommend  : Dreamspas Ph Increase – 5Kg

  • PH down. Depending on the strip test, add 1 or 2 oz (tablespoons) of PH Decreaser to return the water PH to where it should be.

We recommend : Dreamspas Ph Minus – 7Kg

If alkalinity is low add TA increaser as required if high if low use PH decreaser

 

 

 

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