For Using Your Hot Tub
Here are just a few key tips on
using your hot tub that we see many people forget time after
time. They will help keep your water clearer and save you some
money as well !
Air Controls: Make sure that the
Air Control Injection Valves are closed when you finish using
your spa. These are the knobs on top of the spa that allow air to
mix with the water coming out of your jets. Since these valves
let cold air into the spa water, it will take much longer to heat
up your spa if they remain open during the heating cycle.
Oils & Soaps: Try to avoid
getting oil based or soap based products in your spa water. When
cleaning your spa, avoid products like Glass Plus, Fantastic,
Formula 409 or car cleaners. These products contain soap or
ammonia based degreasers and are very bad for your water
chemistry. When using your spa, try to avoid products like hair
spray, hair mousse, styling gels, deodorant, anti-perspiration
sun tan lotion, excess sweat, skin creams of any sort ( ie,
Jergens, Nivea, Soft Sense, arthritis creams ), or excess soap or
dyes in bathing suits. Any of these products will seriously cloud
up your water and clog your filter. Although inconvenient, try to
have bathers shower before going into the spa.
Baseball Caps: Keep some baseball
type caps near your spa so that people with long hair can tuck
their hair up under the cap to keep it from getting into the spa
water. This will keep a lot of hair spray and hair products from
getting into the spa.
Scumballs: Make sure that you use
"Scumballs" oil removing balls and/or an
"Enzyme" based oil remover in your spa. These products
drastically reduce the amount of oils that actually get sucked
into the filter. Remember to squeeze out the Scumball after each
spa use and to replace them when they start to deteriorate or
when they no longer float. If using "Enzyme" based oil
removers, make sure that you add at least 2 - 3 ounces to the spa
water once per week. These Enzymes continuously break down ( or
"eat" ) any oil based products that may be added to the
water. They keep the water crystal clear and "fresh"
smelling...even 2-3 months after filling.
Hot Tub Filters: Make sure your
filter is seated properly in the filter compartment. This ensures
100% filtration of the water passing through the filter. Make
sure that you replace the filter after 12 months of use. The
fibers inside the cartridge start to degrade after a while and it
wont do an adequate job of sanitary filtration for much longer
than about 12 months. It is a good idea to have two filters on
hand for your spa. Use them on an alternating basis...switching
between them every other week. Have one soaking in "Filter
Cleaner" solution while the other one is being used in your
spa. This procedure guarantees the most sanitary filtration.
Water Testing: Make sure that you
test your spa water at least once per week. Make sure that the pH
and ALKALINITY levels are within the proper ranges. This is MOST
important. Either adjust the pH and Alkalinity manually each week,
or use "Perfect pH". Also make sure that the dropper
bottles in your test kit are fresh. They should be replaced every
12 months. They go bad after about a year and will give incorrect
Bromine Tablets: Don't "cheap
out" when it comes to adding Bromine Tablets to your spa !
Make sure that there are always at least 4 - 6 tablets in your
Bromine floater at all times (depending on how large your spa
is). If you keep your pH and Alkalinity within the proper ranges
(or if you use Perfect pH), it is OK to keep your Bromine reading
a little on the high side. This will prevent any bacteria growth
and will keep your spa completely safe and sanitary.
Use These Tips: Using these tips
will make the maintenance of your hot tub a lot easier ! You'll
ward off many problems before they start. Remember, hot tubs are
supposed to be fun !
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