Pleasures of a Hot Tub Spa Soak – 7 Pointers
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7 Tips to Ensure Your Hot Spa is Always Ready to Give You a Soothing Soak
Studies show that most people wish they had more time in the day to relax. Unwinding in a hot tub spa is the perfect way to seize the moment and make that special time.
Soaking in a hot tub spa relaxes tired muscles, promotes circulation and relieves mental stress and tension. But to ensure it is always a soothing and enjoyable experience, it is essential to follow a proper hot tub spa maintenance routine.
Wikipedia says “Since some hot tubs are not drained after each use it is necessary to treat the water to keep it attractive and safe. It must be neither too alkaline nor too acidic, and must be sanitised to stay free of harmful microorganisms. Partly due to their high water temperatures, hot tubs can pose particular health risks if not regularly maintained: outbreaks of Legionnaires’ Disease have been traced to poorly sanitized hot tubs. Typically chlorine or bromine are used as sanitizers, but salt water chlorination is starting to become more common. Hot tubs should also be periodically shocked, which means oxidizing or breaking down organic material left behind from the sanitizer, as well as non-filterable material such as soap films and perspiration.
Sanitation can also be aided by a non-chemical ozonator.
For aesthetic reasons, and for the sanitizer to work properly, water should be neither too alkaline nor too acidic (low pH). The hardness level of the water, measured as the amount of dissolved calcium, is also important. Insufficient hardness can lead to corrosion and water foaming.”
This Hot Tub Spa Picture Above: Bubble bubble away the toil and trouble. A circular tub spa has been perfectly positioned and incorporated into and existing pool design so that swimmers can dive from the warm bubbling water into the invigorating colder water of the pool. Excess water spills over a granite ledge between the spa and the pool. An interesting feature which contrasts with the tiles around the spa, the ledge may also be used as a seat.
Part of an extensive renovation, the spa was constructed with hand-packed concrete and set into the newly extended patio. The basic shape of the pool, constructed nearly three decades ago by a Johannesburg company Easy Pools using gunite, was left unchanged. Amazing color contrasts have been achieved in the pool with a combination of different color mosaics used to finish the floor, complimenting the pool shape and the flow and movement of water. The sides of the pool have been plastered with white marbleize, adding further to the effect.
1 – Water Circulation In A Hot Tub Spa
Circulation of your spa tub water is essential as this will prevent contaminants from building up in the spa. As the water circulates, it passes through the filter and the suspended particles are trapped. Circulation also distributes the chemicals that kill bacteria, eliminate waste, and help prevent problems.
2 – Clean Along Water Line
Cleaning along the water line where contaminants accumulate preserves the spa’s surface. Use a skimmer net to remove floating debris, then brush and vacuum the spa to remove debris that the filter misses.
3 – Filtration
Filtration is one of the most important keys. It removes hair, oils, and cosmetics that wash off during use. When the filter is dirty or clogged, all of this debris remains in the water, so make sure you also chemically clean your filter every four to six weeks.
4 – Chemicals
Chemistry and the right application of products can make a huge difference in your spa experience. The objectives are to provide a sanitary bathing environment; make the water feel clear and comfortable; to protect spa surfaces; and protect spa equipment from scale caused by calcium deposits.
5 – Testing pH
Testing for pH and the level of active sanitizer is a must. Have your water tested by a reputable pool care center every four to six weeks for a complete water analysis. At home, test your water several times a week.
6 – Drain & Refill Your Hot Tub Spa
Draining and refilling on a regular basis are normal procedures in spa maintenance. Over time, the water absorbs and dissolves minerals, chemicals and other soluble material. How often you drain and refill your spa depends on how often you use it.
7 – Clear Water
Proper water maintenance depends on the right application of products to your pool water. If you aren’t sure what to do, a good pool care center will design a specific maintenance program that will keep your spa water clear and comfortable.
Follow these tips then settle back and enjoy the stress-reducing warmth of your hot water spa.
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