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General Spa & Hot Tub Care Questions...

6 Keys to Good & Easy Spa & Hot tub Care
(it's not just chemicals)

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Spa & Hot tub care is fairly simple.

There are 6 easy to follow & very effective Keys to make sure it's clean, safe to use and will help the spa and its components last as long as possible.

The 6 Keys work synergistically; the work together. You can't have good filtration without good circulation. Good water chemistry is achieved through proper water testing. We're here to help you.

Spa jets, circulation, 6 keys to spa care Key 1 - Circulation
Good circulation in your spa means much more than filtering water - it's getting all of the water in the spa moving & through the filter.  Circulation is more than filter or pump turnover; its removing dead spots - you know those areas where slime always seems to grow or where dirt & debris always seems to accumulate. The better the water is circulating, the better the filtration, the cleaner the spa.  In fact it typically takes more than FOUR turnovers to get all of the water completely filtered.  Click here for more information on how to improve water circulation.
      Spa & Hot tub filter cartridges, filtration, 6 keys to spa care
Key 2 - Filtration
Now that the water is circulating properly, good filtration removes dirt, debris & even certain large bacteria & algae.  Filter your water for 8 to 12 hours every day that the spa is operating. By the way, for the best filtration, be sure to chemically clean your filter every 6 to 8 weeks to remove accumulations of greases, oils & other bather and environmental waste that clog your hot tub filter & that routine rinsing will NOT remove.  Click here for more information on spa filtration.
Aqua QuickVac spa & hot tub vacuum - 6 keys to spa care Key 3 - Cleaning
Most spas have at least one area with little or no circulation. This is where biofilms and bacteria can begin to grow. These areas produce the "stuff" that contributes to cloudy or "unhealthy" water and higher than normal chlorine or sanitizer usage. At least once a week, the surfaces should be wiped & vacuumed to remove debris that the filter misses. Wiping is a must.  It's like taking care of your teeth - you know that you should brush & floss, but...Oh, and don't forget to clean that water line regularly to break up bio-film build up.  Learn all about cleaning here.

    OTO - pH test kit, 6 keys to spa & hot tub care, water testing Key 4 - Testing
Test your spa water at least 2 times per week & bring in a 1 quart water sample for a complete computerized test & analysis whenever you change the water for best results.  Testing keeps you up to date on what's going on with your spa's water.  Don't rely solely on how the water looks.  In fact most of the SERIOUS water problems that we see (skin rashes, odors, slimy surfaces, etc.) occur when the water is "crystal clear".  Make pH, total alkalinity & calcium hardness adjustments promptly.  You'll protect the filter system, the spa surfaces, get better chlorine & sanitizer efficiency and virtually eliminate red eyes & dry skin. Here's what you need to know about water testing.
   SpaGuard spa & hot tub chemicals, water chemistry, 6 keys to spa care Key 5 - Water Chemistry
Now we can discuss water chemistry.  Hot tub water chemistry IS easy - just 4 simple steps:
  1. Maintain a constant level of sanitizer in the spa. Slow dissolving bromine tabs or granular chlorine or bromine; proper level of biguanide (Soft Soak); Pristine Blue.
  2. Shock the spa weekly (biguanides shock every 10 to 14 days). Shocking oxidizes unfilterable wastes & breaks up chloramines that lead to cloudy water, biofilms, smelly spas & skin irritation.
  3. Add natural enzymes weekly or at least every 2 weeks to prevent & control biofilm build-up.  A good quality natural enzyme works as a back up so that the the chlorine or sanitizer can concentrate on killing bacteria due to heavy bather load.
  4. Maintain good water balance.  Without good water balance, the sanitizer doesn't work properly or efficiently.  The water can become cloudy (high pH) or aggressive (low pH - water is often times really clear).  You'll also protect your friends & family who use your pool.

Keep Pool Water Chemistry simple.  Here's how...

Drain & refill spa - key 6 spa care

Key 6 - Purge, Drain & Refill
The last key is purging, draining & refilling. This is a key to spa care because proper draining & refilling MUST be done on a regular basis - usually every 2 to 4 months depending on usage. If the spa water is getting funky looking & smelling and it's been several months, don't bother with anti-foams or water clarifiers!  Just drain it. Learn why...

The 6 Keys typically take about 30 minutes or less to accomplish each week. Yes, that's it!  Just 30 minutes.  Now you can enjoy your pool more & actually work less. In the long run, you'll also spend less time & money.

Remember, Par Pool & Spa is always able & ready to help if you need us.  Just stop by or give us a call. Always helpful, always friendly.


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