Do you own a hot tub and you are unsure of how to care for it weekly? We are here to help!
Having a spa in your backyard is a great way to relax, entertain guests, or reduce pain in your muscles or joints. However, there are some steps that each spa owner needs to do daily and weekly to ensure the water is safe and chemically balanced.
First, we recommend getting your spa water professionally tested once a week. This is a good idea to do in order to ensure the water is safe to be in and that there will be no damage to your spa or its equipment due to improperly balanced water. If you bring in a spa water sample to us, we will first ask you how the water looks. We ask this so we know what advice to give you in order to treat your water. For example, if the water is cloudy, we can offer advice such as adding more sanitizer or using a clarifier. However, the advice will be different based on the readings we get on our test. After we ask how the water looks, we will run your sample through a test machine that gives us accurate readings. After the test is completed, we will print out a step by step analysis of your water results, and the steps you need to do in order to treat the water.
Next, we recommend cleaning your spa filters about once per month. Cleaning the filters is a simple task that can make a huge difference to the overall care of your spa. It is a good idea to have 2 filters on hand, this is so you can replace your filter each time you take the old one out to clean. To clean the filters, we recommend spraying them down with a hose, then spraying a filter cleaner on them, lastly once the filter is completely clean, it is best to let them dry completely before you replace them in your spa. This is so the filter walls do not get stuck together, and essentially lower the life of the filter.
Lastly, we recommend that you drain and refill your spa every 3-4 months. Before you drain, it is best to use Jet Clean. Jet Clean is a chemical that runs through the plumbing and jets to remove any build up such as organics, oils, dirt and minerals. Cleaning the jets prior to draining allows for a better fill, since you will be certain your plumbing lines are clean too.
Following all these steps will allow for safe water and longer life of your hot tub. Remember, a hot tub is a small body of hot water, so the water can become concentrated quickly or also grow bacteria if not properly cared for. Test and treat your water weekly, clean the filters monthly, and drain a few times a year to ensure a perfect hot tub in your backyard!