moss! But, isn’t moss kind of like algae? No algae are microscopic
plants where as sphagnum moss is a plant with leaves, stems and a root
system. There are different varieties of sphagnum moss. Some grown on
trees or in trees or rocks. Some grow in or on moist places that don’t
get much sun. Other sphagnum moss grow in bogs or ponds and lakes.
The kind of sphagnum moss
that we’re referring to is a type found growing in bogs next to ponds or
lakes; and when you look at and swim or soak in those bodies of water,
the water tends to be pristine and clear and fresh.
In fact visit one of the many
lakes in northern Minnesota and southern Canada and you’ll find that the
water is so clean and clear simply because of the sphagnum moss. Why?
Simply put, the sphagnum moss exudes or leaches (think of a tea bag
leaching out the “tea”) a substance that is antimicrobial in nature
(think of green tea & its antioxidants) and that antimicrobial action
prevents bacteria, mold & fungus from growing and reproducing. It is a
fact that has been known and used for literally thousands of years.
Centuries ago, our ancestors
would wrap freshly trapped fish or meat in sphagnum moss to preserve it
until they could return home. Recently, a man from “ice age” Europe was
found frozen in a glacier. Upon examination, it was noted that he had a
wound that was packed with sphagnum moss. Keep in mind that the ancient
world used other “common” things to kill or prevent bacterial growth
such as a silver coin in a water jar. As recently as World War I
sphagnum moss was used to protect open wounds from festering with
disease while waiting for proper treatment. Those soldiers who were
fortunate enough to be “treated” with the sphagnum moss had
significantly less occurrence of medical maladies than their “untreated”
comrades. Today, certain wounds care centers around the world utilize
sphagnum moss to successfully treat “non-healing” wounds.
So what does this mean for
spas & hot tubs? Plenty of good stuff. Creative Water Solutions, the
people who have brought us PoolNaturally and SpaNaturally, have found a
of sphagnum moss that is an excellent preventive treatment for bacteria,
mold & fungus found in all kinds of hot tubs and spas. It appears that
algae is also suppressed due to the lack of nutrients available to cause
an algae bloom.
Keep in mind that only about
1% of the bacteria found in swimming pools is “planktonic” or floating
around in the water. The other approximately 99% is found in biofilms
residing on spa surfaces – any and all spa & hot tub surfaces. That
means plumbing lines, step treads, the backs of skimmer weirs (doors),
inside light niches, heater cores (heat exchangers), filter media
(filter cartridge) etc. That’s the breeding ground for the “stuff” that
can lead to cloudy water, slime, chlorine demand, scaling, not to
mention odors and foaming in hot tubs.
established research methods for determining the effects on bacterial
biofilms developed at the Center for Biofilm Engineering at Montana
State University (an accredited Nation Science Foundation Research
Center) Creative Water Solutions have patented their PoolNaturally®
System. Please refer to our other articles
The species of
sphagnum moss that is used in SpaNaturally is found in New Zealand and
potent antimicrobial qualities. The sphagnum moss is naturally and
ecologically harvested, dried and processed, and put into easy to use,
easy to handle packets that are placed in a dispenser and “fed” into the
spa or hot tub. It takes about one month for
the “tea” (don’t worry, no taste) to leach from the moss packets and do
their work. The packets are then replaced (the packets are
“tea” from the sphagnum moss is antimicrobial & therefore is able to
prevent the growth and spreading of bio-films plus aids in neutralizing
other bacteria found in the pool. As an added benefit,
also collects positively charged metals such as iron and copper that can
stain spas & hot tubs - especially concrete or gunite.
powerful natural buffers emanate from the sphagnum moss,
Water becomes cleaner, clearer, softer feeling,
better smelling and using significantly less chemicals. Results are
typically noticed in under one week’s time.
moss products ARE compatible with all
halogen spa care products (chlorine, bromine - maintain a FAC residual
of 1.0 - 3.0 ppm chlorine), ionizers such as Nature2, Spa Frog, ozone.
products are NOT compatible with biguanides (biguanides are long string
polymers that will “clog up” the moss) such as BaquaSpa (Arch Chemical
products), or Soft Soak (BioLab products).
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