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Look After Your Hot Tub Spa Water – 9 Checks

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Your Hot Tub Spa Water is Easy to Look After

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Mainframe. An aluminum enclosure with glass sliding doors provides shelter in bad weather.

Thinking of installing or building a hot water tub spa? If so, you’ll be pleased to find out that hot tub spa water is low maintenance. With ongoing advances of today’s modern spa-care technology, hot tub spa lovers can not only leave their work day worries behind when they use the hot tub, they can also forget about the worry of complicated tub care by simply following basic maintenance guidelines.
So, before you tense up thinking about maintenance hassles that might put you off the idea of a hot tub spa, think again. New advanced spa products make hot tub spa water care is easier than ever before.
According to June Mason of BLSA Industries (Pty) Ltd: “For water that’s ready for you to soak in when you’re ready to relax, make sure you’ve done a water analysis to ensure the water is properly balanced. This simply requires taking about one liter of water from your spa to a BioGuard Pool and Spa Care Center where you will get personalized advice for maintaining your particular spa or hot tub. Their analysis will help you get your spa off to the right start or help you correct any problem you might be experiencing, such as metal or mineral imbalances.”

Other key treatment steps include:

  1. Adding a bromine or chlorine sanitizer to the water to kill bacteria and keep the water clean.
  2. Treating the spa with a spa shock to remove undesirable compounds, such as perspiration and body lotions which cannot be easily removed by the spa’s filter.
  3. Checking the water’s pH and total alkalinity. pH should remain between 7,4 and 7,6.  Total alkalinity should be in the range of 125 to 150 parts per million.
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Bubble bubble, no more trouble. A custom-built spa has been sited at the corner of the swimming pool so swimmers can plunge into invigorating cold water after a hot, healthy soak. A ledge has been incorporated around the inside edge of the spa for swimmers to sit on.

June also advises testing the water in your spa every few days and following these easy steps to help maximize the life of your spa and keep it healthy for you and your family.

Hot Tub Spa Water Sanitation

Hot water has the potential to serve as a prime breeding ground for certain types of common bacteria. If left untreated, these bacteria may lead to skin rashes and general irritation to bathers. Proper spa sanitation requires care – as does a pool. Even though you have fewer liters of water, you have a much higher relative bather load. For instance, four bathers in a 1900 liter spa are equivalent to roughly 160 swimmers in a 75 000 liter pool.

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Two for the price of one. An ingenious spa and pool design cantilevered on a sloping property.

pH Levels in Your Hot Tub Spa

Correct pH levels (7,4 to 7,6) help keep the sanitizer active to prevent cloudy water or equipment problems. Hot water, particularly if it is aerated, can result in a gradual increase in pH. This means that the steps taken to balance a tub are slightly different from a swimming pool. Remember that pH needs to be tested every time the tub is used and immediately afterward. Keep the water properly treated with regular sanitation, proper pH and shock treatment to prevent bacteria build-up.

Hot Tub Spa Maintenance

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Mosaic magic. A clever little hot tub spa built into the corner of a handpacked concrete swimming pool built indoors

If the water no longer smells fresh, is cloudy or simply looks murky, it may be time for a general cleaning. Residential tubs require draining about every three months. Clean your tub shell with “BioGuard Off The Wall” to remove greases and oils that accumulate on the sides. Filters should be cleaned with “SpaGuard Filter Brite”. Then rinse both the tub and the filter with a chlorine solution.

7 Part Hot Tub Spa Water Maintenance Checklist

  1. Balance spa water with circulation on, no aeration.
  2. Test water frequently using a test kit.
  3. Check pH before using the spa and adjust if necessary. Adjust again an hour after use.
  4. Check chlorine or bromine frequently. You should shock the spa after each use.
  5. Keep your spa shell clean and clean the filter regularly.
  6. Drain and replace spa water regularly.

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