Are You Ready for Hot Tub Season?
We have finally said goodbye to summer and started to enjoy the fall season. The autumn breeze carries the excitement of football games, crisp weather, and hot tub season.
Are you ready for it? What about your hot tub?
Here are some top tips to get you on your way to a great hot tub season.
Cleaning and Sanitizing
Cleaning your hot tub should be your number one priority when it comes to starting your “soak season” successfully. Bacteria, sweat, and germs are left behind in your hot tub making it a must to keep it sanitized to prevent possible infection. Your water will become cloudy and uninviting if you don’t stay on top of keeping it clean. If your hot tub has a practically chlorine-free system, then you will need to add Spa Shock after each use. If you are using a traditional chlorine system, then add the recommended minimum amount of half an ounce of chlorine after each use and add the Spa Shock only once a week. Remember that keeping your hot tub sanitized properly is vital to the safety and enjoyment for you and your guests. For further instructions on how to maintain your hot tub water see Master Spas blog.
Often filter cleaning can be neglected. The monthly cleaning of your filter is vital for it to work properly. A dirty filter can restrict your tubs jet pressure, heating ability and put a strain on your pump. Regular filters need to be replaced every 2-3 years.
If you want your sanitizer to work, then you must keep your water balanced. Your water should be tested weekly. Your alkalinity and pH levels need to be kept within the correct range. If your pH level drops low, it will eat up your residual sanitizer leaving you with cloudy water that smells. See our previous blog, Adjusting Your Swimming Pool pH Level for information on balancing your water levels.
Silver Ion Cartridges
If your system uses a silver ion cartridge it will need to be replaced every 4 months regardless of how frequent you use the tub. The silver helps neutralize bacteria making it an important aspect of your crystal-clear water strategy.
Clarifying Your Water
Regular hot tub use results in body oil, deodorant, hair products, and other impurities to be left behind on your surface. Clarifiers help to round up all those unwanted contaminants making it easier to trap them in your filter. Keeping your filter clean by adding a small amount of clarifier every week will make your water care procedures much easier.