Part of owning a hot tub includes proper and regular maintenance. This is to ensure that you will be able to continue using your spa for relaxation and rejuvenation purposes. These fixtures are not only used to entertain guests but have become an important symbol of luxury and retreat to the homeowner. This is why it is extremely important that you know how to properly take care of and maintain your spa. Aside from maintaining its quality and ensuring utmost performance, regular upkeep will prevent your spa and tubs from bacteria build up, particularly bacteria that breed in lukewarm water. These bacteria can cause skin rashes, stomach diseases, and lung and breathing problems.
To ensure there won’t be any bacteria growing in your hot tub, follow these easy maintenance tips:
Run a regular check up of all the parts of your tub and make sure everything runs smoothly. Check whether or not all moving parts are working efficiently.
Make sure cleaning filters and skimmers are free of any debris, dust, or anything that may hinder them from doing their jobs and cleaning your spa.
When running a regular check up of your tub, keep your eyes open for any signs of damage and wear. At the first sign, contact Graves Pools at once to ensure the damage will not develop into more costly repairs.
When using your hot tub, keep the water’s temperature at 95 degrees Fahrenheit; any higher may increase the body temperature.
Constantly disinfect your tub if it is heated often. If you use your tub a lot, then regular disinfection is critically important as bacteria tends to breed easily in warm water conditions.
Regularly conduct a pH test by turning your tub on and letting it run for some time before taking a glass of water to test. The pH level of your tub’s water must be in a specific range so as not to interfere with the disinfectants. The appropriate pH level for spas is 7.4-8.0.
Test your tub’s water alkalinity to ensure an optimal environment for all the chemicals you use for your tub, including disinfectants. The average alkalinity of your spa water depends on the type of disinfectant you use. If you use chlorine, your alkalinity should be 60 mg/L to 200 mg/L. If you used bromine, it should be from 150 mg/L to 200 mg/L.
Use only one type of disinfectant. Never use both chlorine and bromine at once. Bromine can be added via tablets when your tub is not in use. It can also be free added but make sure you add only up to 6 mg/L. When using chlorine, add up to 3 mg/L – 4 mg/L while using your spa.
For additional information on maintaining your hot tub, call Graves Pools and Spas now.