What You Need to Know About Hot Tub Chemicals

What You Need to Know About Hot Tub Chemicals

by Mark Zalewski

The chemicals you put in your hot tub are important because they are responsible for maintaining your hot tub as well as making sure that your water is not harmful to you and your guests. Because spa chemicals can be dangerous, it’s best that you familiarize yourself with them. The following are a few of the popular choices for hot tubs.

Popular Choices

There are some popular hot tub chemicals that are considered a favorite by spa owners. One of them is Bromine that is available in the form of nuggets, tablets or granules. One form, sodium bromide, needs chlorine to activate it. Potassium Monopersulfate shock, which doesn’t contain any chlorine, will also work as an activator without increasing your chlorine level.

Another popular choice is called Ozone. It keeps any bacteria and germs from growing and spreading throughout your water. You will want to use this with your regular sanitizer (chlorine or bromine). You will use less sanitizer, which keeps costs down, and your chemical sensitive guests will appreciate that.

Hot Tub Chemicals

Tips for Use

  • Anytime you are going to use chemicals you should take precautions and make safety a priority. You should always wear gloves to keep your hands protected. In doing so, you won’t need to worry about chemicals wreaking havoc on your hands. For added safety, you can also wear glasses or goggles to protect your eyes from any chemicals.
  • Be sure that anytime you mix chemicals you are certain that they mix well together. Chemicals can be dangerous if you aren’t familiar with them. If you try to mix incompatible chemicals together the result could be an explosion that injures you or your guests.

If you need to get hot tub chemicals, visit your local hot tub supply store. They will be glad to assist you with it. You can describe what you’re looking for and they can assess your needs and advise which products would be right for you. If you would like more information see our previous post, Does Your Pool Water Pass the Test, to guide you into keeping your water healthy and balanced.

Another option is hiring a professional service that comes to clean your hot tub for you. This is a good idea for people who don’t have the time to invest in cleaning their spa and don’t mind paying for their services. To locate a professional hot tub cleaner in your area, visit Thumbtack that provides the top ten cleaners near you.

If you decide that you would rather save the money and just do it yourself, make sure to use your good judgment, and not take any chances with your safety.