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General Spa Care Questions...

How to Open or Start a Spa...Start up Basics

  1. If the spa has been standing empty for any period of time without being treated, it is recommended that prior to filling the spa, add a spa plumbing line cleaner (such as Spa System Flush, Swirl Away, Spa Purge or AquaFinesse Spa Cleaner) to clean the spa's plumbing lines. Follow the label directions. 

    This will help provide a more successful experience - biofilms can build-up even when not being in use (Did you ever leave a thermos or cooler with a little bit of liquid in closed up for a period of time? Same problem).  A fill, treat, drain & refill is worth the extra time & effort.

  2. Thoroughly clean all of the spa's surfaces.  Include the well where the drop in filter cartridge fits & around each jet.  These are the crevices where there is poor water circulation & therefore where any water problems will start from.
  3. Fill the spa or hot tub with fresh water.  Do not use water from ponds, lakes or streams as they may contain minerals which could cause staining.
  4. If the fill water contains grit or silt or heavy metals such as iron, copper or manganese, you may want to consider using a pre-filter that attaches to your garden hose.  Sand & grit can mar or scratch spa surfaces while metals could cause surface staining.
  5. Rinse the filter.  Replace it if necessary - especially if older than 2 years.
  6. Check all plumbing connections.  Add a small amount of "o" ring lubricant to extend their life.
  7. When tightening unions & fittings, HAND TIGHTEN ONLY.  Over-tightening may cause cracking of the spa fittings.

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