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General Spa & Hot Tub Chemistry & Care Questions

Q. How often do I need to test my spa water?
A.
Ideally, chlorinated or brominated spas & tubs need to be tested DAILY. Soft Soak spas can be tested weekly.

Q. Why do I need to test my spa water?
A. Regular, accurate testing of your pool water prevents water problems which lead to down time & unhappy spa users. It also prevents long-term problems such as corrosion of filters & metal pool accessories & parts. Prevention of scaling of a spa's heater is another long-term need.  We haven't even talked about odors, germs & such.

Q. What's so important about pH?

A. Your spa's pH is a critical factor in how well everything works. When the pH is high, the water becomes cloudy, the sanitizer works less efficiently, algae & bacteria grow more quickly, scale can begin forming on metal surfaces (especially heaters). Low pH causes very clear, but unhealthy water in that the sanitizer is used up quickly, the water becomes corrosive, eye & skin irritation are noticed. That's what's so important about pH!

Q. How often should I bring in a sample for a complete Computerized Testing & Analysis?

A. We recommend that a water sample be brought in about two times during a spa's "water cycle" for routine testing & analysis. Water samples should also be brought in at pool opening & closing. Many customers bring in samples weekly, just to be sure. It's FREE, so why not?!

Q. What is a Hot water cycle?

A. Hot water cycle is a fancy term for the length of time that water remains in a spa.  The cycle is purely dependent on 2 factors: the size or gallonage of the spa and how often it's used.  Normally a cycle lasts 2 to 4 months. 

Q. Why do I have to change my spa water so often?

A.  You know what a bathtub looks like after one person, right?  What if there were several people in their with you?  The big difference between a spa & a bathtub is that a spa has a built-in filter & it's being chemically treated. If it gets really foamy or cloudy, then drain, clean & refill the spa.

Q. My water is cloudy, why?

A. Cloudy water is caused my many things & is an indicator of other water issues. If the water is "older"  than 3 months, change the water.  Be sure to bring in a 1 qt Water Sample for Testing & Analysis. Prevention is normally the solution!

Q. Do I have to worry about Algae growth in my spa?

A. Normally No. Unless you decide to just Not Care about the spa, algae growth is rarely a problem in a properly treated spa.  Again, be sure to bring in a 1 qt Water Sample for Testing & Analysis. Prevention is normally the solution!

Q. What's this rash that I get whenever I use my spa?

A. A rash can be caused my many factors.  When a new customer comes in with a "hot water rash" problem, they're usually NOT following a proper chemical routine. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a typical problem that is prevented by proper sanitizing.  A rash could also be dry, itchy skin because of a high pH problem or high sanitizer issue that can dry out the skin.  When in doubt, check with your doctor; then drain, clean & refill the spa.

Q. Why does my spa get a constant build-up of foam?

A. Foam is a normally a good indicator that the water needs to be changed.  A little bit of antifoam will treat "regular" foaming & adjusting the Calcium Hardness will help prevent it.  Thick "beer head" foam means CHANGE THE WATER.

Q. What is this rash that I occasionally get when I'm in a hot tub? (hot tub rash)
A.
That rash is probably caused by pseudomonas aeruginosa.  It needs a bit more space to explain what it is & how to prevent it.  Click here for that important information.


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