Hot tub maintenance will include water care or treatment, spa part maintenance and running hot tub properly. The correct Water balance is very pertinent to keep your comfort when tubing. Sanitizing ensures your water in hygienist and clean condition. All spa part should well be maintained regularly to ensure the enjoyment and pleasures. And the last is keeping your spa running properly based on the standard procedure.
Water Hot Tub Maintenance
Water care should be the primary concern to get healthy spa experience. The incorrect level of hygiene in the water can trigger the growth of Pseudomonas bacteria that can cause some skin disorders. Also, it will be triggering some hot tub problem such as pump leak, heater failure, filters clogged to soon. Fortunately, it is not too difficult to do treatment if you understand the main steps of water care. You will need a little some of the necessary water basics like hardness, alkalinity, pH, sanitizers, oxidizers, and flocculants.
Balancing the water
It is associated with the amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium in the water. Maintenance to the correct level of hardness in the hot tub water is essential. Every time we refill or top up the spa with fresh water, we require maintaining calcium. The standard level of calcium hardness for a hot tub water is between 100-200mg /l.
A Too low level of calcium can lead to corrosion, rather, too high level of calcium in the hot tub can lead to cloudy water. Incorrect level of calcium can lead to spa part damage since Calcium flow through the tub, heating element, filter cartridge and the hose.
The ideal level of alkalinity, between 125 – 150mg/l, will prevent the PH of the water wavering. A Too high level of alkalinity will make water lacking in clarity and scale will form. Rather, too low level of alkalinity will cause corrosion damaging to the hot tub equipment. Use a hot tub PH plus or minus to control the level of alkalinity.
Hot tub maintenance to check the PH balance is essential to get the most healthy condition and has in well sanitizing effectiveness. We can check the level of PH with Hot Tub Test Strips.
The ideal pH is between 7.2 and 7.6. If the pH level is below 7.2, use pH plus to raise the level, if the pH level is over 7.6, use a pH reducer to cut the level and solve cloudiness problem.
Sanitizing of hot tubs water is essential spa maintenance to kill bacteria and avoid algae growth. Chlorine or Bromine is the popular hot tub sanitizer. However, salt water hot tub is the most powerful sanitizer.
Chlorine. It comes in granule forms, which melt fast in the water. The approved Chlorine level is between 3 – 5mg/l. However, high temperatures make the chlorine less stable than bromine. Chlorine is added typically one time per week, and possibly other times after massive spa usage. The chlorine levels can spike after shocking. It is suggested against applying the spa for one hour after adding the shock.Pros: Any spa can use it. Easy to understand.
Pros: Any spa can use it. Easy to understand.
Cons: Frequent strong chlorine odors after shocking. Inability to use the spa after shocking.
Bromine. The standard Bromine level is between 3 – 6mg/l. It comes in tablet forms making it honest to use to the water. Bromine is more steady at temperatures change than chlorine. Bromine has some ability to not only eliminate some impurities but oxidize them to some degree as well. However, Bromine can decrease the frequency or amount of chlorine-based shock. But at a regular interval, you will still need some. However, bromine is smellier than chlorine.
Pros: Reduced odors when compared to chlorine. Most hot tub can use it.
Cons: Hot tub cannot be used after shocking. You still need to shock spa at the same rate (once per week) compared to chlorine.
Salt water hot tub. It is a high-performance system. It is simpler than any other method – nothing to do. Your spa automatically oxidizes.
Ozonator. Oxidize water regularly using Hot Tub Non-Chlorine Shock can destroy odors and other unwanted additions such as cosmetics, perspiration and body oils. You need to ensure hot tub Ozonator installed correctly to your hot tub.
Hot Tub Part Maintenance
Your spa part should be maintained properly and regularly. Spa filter and cover are the most important to get attention because it is related the daily spa usage. Filter keep water clean, and the cover keeps water from strange material and still warm all day long.
Cleaning Spa Filter
1 – Clean Filter Every 2 Week by Spray Water. To clean and unclog your spa filter, take the cartridge out of the filter. Clean any dirt and strange stuff out of the filter using a hose. Spring water over each pleat in the cartridge. Drying the cleaned filter completely before put it back in the filter house.
- Take filter replacement when your filter has stopped working or damaged. You will find your filter quickly become dirty after you have cleaned and that is the sign you need to take replacement soon.
- To turn off the built-in water heater if you are cleaning your filter cartridge in a dishwasher. The filter will be damaged on the water over 140°F (60 °C).
2 – Clean Filter using a granular filter cleaner every 3-4 months. You can use power soak or eco soak. Use the cleanser on your filter every time you replace the spa water. Clean out the filter with a hose or soak it overnight (follow the instructions on the cleanser) and make sure it dry completely before putting it back into the filter house.
To make a cleaning solution for your filter, you can use one cup TSP with five gallons of water. TSP – TriSodium Phosphate is the most expensive filter cleaner. TSP is the main ingredient of dishwasher detergents.
Maintaining Hot Tub Cover
Cover play a vital role to keep hot tub clean. You must clean cover both surface and inside. Keeping surface cover waterproofing is important to prevent foam waterlogged rooted soon.
Clean Cover – You should clean your spa cover before you use your vinyl protector. The acrylic cover must no to condition the cover but should clean it at least once a month. Use a gentle purpose cleaner and a soft sponge or a rag to clean hot tub cover.
- Brushes, dish soaps or any detergents can damage topcoat of the vinyl so don’t use it. Damaged topcoat tends to decay cover faster.
- Take a sunny day to wash your spa cover so it gets lots of sun while it air dries.
Conditioning Cover to Prolong the Life – Condition vinyl cover once a month during the summer or 3-4 times through the year. Conditioning the cover defends it against UV rays that disrupt the chemical bonds and let the cover freezecrack.ack . Additionally, conditioning cover preserves against mildew, which can develop on damp vinyl and damage the cover.
- Conditioning products use only for the outside, and not the inside of spa cover.
- Your vinyl cover must clean and dry before use the conditioning product.
Mildew is the most common spa cover problem inside of the vinyl cover. If your cover starts to smell, its tell any mildew problems. You need to open the cover and then remove the foam from the spa cover.
- Clean the outside and inside of the cover by spraying with a gentle multi-surface cleaner and scrub with a soft sponge. Then yoy should rinse the cover thoroughly. Towel dry the outside and inside of the spa cover.
- Kill the mildew by air dry in the sunlight for a day or two.
- Spray and clean plastic coat protector as well if there is a plastic vapor barrier.
- If it has been waterlogged or rotted, replace the foam core.
Perform Running Properly
Shower before using the tub. Rinse out your body and hair care products before you get in the spa. Body and hair products, lotions cause foggy and foam form of spa water. During heavy bathing seasons, consider applying an enzyme-based clarifier. This product encourages clean the spa of all of the gels, soaps, lotions, etc.
Change the water regularly. Do a total water change two to four times a year depends on how much spa is used and the type of spa. Apply a total dissolved solids (TDS) test strip to know when to change your spa water. Before draining water, run the jets for 20 minutes on high. Add a flush product to your spa water before you drain to keep all the equipment spa clean.
Leave hot tub on at all times. Turn down the temperature when the spa is not in use but keep the spa running at all times. Ensure the circulating pumps work to circulate the water infrequently. While continuously filtering and cleaning the water, the circulation keeps spa from growing up algae. The circulation helps keep spa water clean.