CAREFREE SPA & HOT TUB MAINTENANCE - A spa or hot tub is a great way to relax. Regular maintenance and proper operation will keep your spa or tub trouble-free and enjoyable for many years. All spas require routine maintenance to the water chemically balanced, prevent problems and assure the safety and enjoyment of users. A quality chemical program should include:
- Brominating tablets or granular 62% chlorine concentrate for sanitation.
- Water clarifier for crystal clear water
- Spa protector for stain and scale control
- PH increaser and PH decreaser for PH control
- Anti-foam agent for foam removal
- A spa thermometer for monitoring temperature
- A good test kit for accurate testing
SPA CARE SUGGESTIONS
- Fill the spa until water comes to the center of the skimmer opening. If operated at lower water levels, equipment damage may occur.
- Operate the pump and filter at least three hours each day.
- Operate the air blower when spa is in use.
- Skim or vacuum debris from the spa regularly
- When not using the spa, use a thermal cover to prevent evaporation and heat loss and keep out debris.
- Do not heat the water above 104° F. Higher temperatures may endanger your health or damage equipment. Keep a thermometer handy to monitor temperature.
- Use only chemicals and products specifically designed for use in spas. Always follow label directions and handle chemicals with care. Store in a cool dry place out of reach of children.
CHEMICAL MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES - Compared to swimming pools, spa have a very high bather load (proportion of users to total water volume). Body oils, suntan lotion, perspiration and other bather wastes are introduced into a relatively small body of water. This makes proper chemical treatment especially important to keep the water healthy and clean. Water that is not properly maintained can become cloudy and contaminated with bacteria and organic wastes.
Follow these procedures for easy chemical maintenance:
- Keeping the water as sanitary as possible is the primary objective of spa maintenance. Bromine and chlorine, the most widely used sanitizers, are equally effective, but are applied differently. Bromine, in tablet form, is dissolved slowly by erosion. Follow label directions for proper dispensing. Bromine levels should be checked daily with reliable test kit to maintain the required concentration of 2.0 to 4.0 ppm (parts per million). To use fast-dissolving granular chlorine, broadcast it directly into the water. Follow label directions for determining the amount needed to maintain the required concentration of 1.0 to 2.0 ppm of free chlorine. Test the water daily with a reliable kit.
- To keep the spa comfortable for users and prolong the life of equipment, PH should be checked daily, PH is the measurement of acidity or alkalinity in the water. The ideal PH for spa water is 7.2 to 7.6. If the PH moves out of this range, adjust by adding either PH increaser or PH decreaser. Use amounts indicated on your test kit and follow product label directions for dispensing.
- When filling the spa, add a spa protector to prevent scale and metallic stains from forming. For prevention use 2 oz. per 500 gallons of water. Some existing stains and scale may be removed by adding 4 oz. per 500 gallons.
- Twice weekly, add a water clarifier to aid in removing small particles that can pass through the filter and result in cloudy water. For light usage condition, add 1 oz. per 500 gallons. For heavy usage, add 2 oz. per 500 gallons. Read label directions before using.
- If foaming occurs, use a small amount of an anti-foaming agent, following label directions.
CAUTION: Never mix chemicals together. Always add chemicals separately, allowing at least 10 minutes between each addition.
- Clean the skimmer basket and pump strainer each week to remove leaves and other debris.
- Every three months, drain the spa and clean the surfaces with a sponge and spa cleaner.
- Establish a follow a routine chemical maintenance program, following all label instructions carefully.