Whether you have a traditional hot tub or an inflatable spa, there are a couple of things that you need to know in order to properly maintain it. Taking care of your hot tub may be quite easy, but you should know several things, such as the chemical levels, the maintenance of the filters, the pH levels and so on. In order to help you, we have gathered several hot tub maintenance tips.
Cleaning the hot tub is easy, especially if you have an inflatable spa which is a lot easier to maneuver than a permanently installed model. However, cleaning the tub is not enough as you need to add some chemicals in order for the hot tub to be safe to use. Most hot tub owners are using some test strips to check the chemical and mineral levels in their hot tub. This test should be done at least once or two times a week. These tests will provide you with 6 in 1 readings such as alkalinity, chlorine, bromine, calcium hardness, pH and total hardness. Moreover, the tests are easy to use. You just have to put the strips in your hot tub for 15 seconds and then view the results.
The total alkalinity in the hot tub should be between 80-120 PPM. If the total alkalinity goes more than 120, you can add sodium bisulfate. On the other hand, if the total alkalinity is below 80, you should add more sodium bicarbonate. After all these products were added to your hot tub, you need to recheck the alkalinity in a couple of hours. It is essential to maintain your hot tub alkalinity because this can affect your pH.
It’s recommended to use strips to maintain the right chemical levels. Despite that chlorine is one of the oldest standards for sanitizing the hot tub, most people are using the bromine because this is less harsh and it has a less potential smell. What you should know is that if you are using chlorine, you should place 2 tablespoons into the hot tub water 2 times a week, so the chlorine level stays between 1.5-3 PPM. On the other hand, if you are using bromine, you will need 1 tablespoon and the bromine level will stay between 3.0-5.0 PPM. Nowadays, most hot tub owners are using a floater for chlorine and bromine tablets. They just have to load 5 or 6 tabs into the floater, and they will dissolve in the hot tub over time. Moreover, by using this floater, you won’t need to add chlorine to your hot tub as often. However, if you choose to over-sanitize the hot tub with chlorine, this will damage your spa’s equipment and cover.