Most people when thinking about a portable hot tub for the home find the hardest things to decide is what type of hot tub they want. You have to choose whether it has bubble jets, water jets or both. They look at different types like a Saluspa Hot Tub. Lastly they look at the price to help them decide because the prices range quite a lot depending on the package available.
And when you have decided to buy, maybe a Saluspa Palm Springs Airjet Inflatable 6-person Hot Tub and you order it from Amazon.com and then….
You then start checking out all the questions and answers online so you’re well informed about your new hot tub before it arrives and you start to see questions on water maintenance. Now you’re wondering what you’re going to have to do to keep the water in proper condition. People start mentioning things like green algae and microorganisms and all of a sudden your relaxing hot tub starts to seem like it might be a chore. Saluspa Palm Springs instructions tell you to go to a water chemical supplier and follow their instructions, not much help.
We decided to go over basic maintenance and water chemicals so you have a better idea of what to expect and to take the fear out of the situation, after all you bought your hot tub to de-stress your life not to add stress to it.
Basic Maintenance and Water Chemicals
You can buy all in one kits for your hot tub to get started then top up the products as you need them.
You could start with the Spa Choice Standard Chlorine Kit which includes:
Test Strips – to test your water with, following the test strip it will tell you if your pH levels are correct.
PH Reduce – If the levels are too high you add some to bring your pH back down, the directions of the quantity will be on the bottle depending on your strip result.
PH increase – and if your pH is too low you would use this in the same way, the quantity dependent on the instructions on the bottle.
Chlorine Sanitising Granules – Also included in the kit is the your normal pool additive to kill bacteria.
Re-Energise – which is a non-chlorine shock treatment.
Foam-Free – for the reduction of foam which can build up from soaps used to wash your bathing costumes and from products you might use on your skin.
Defense – for the elimination of scale build up on parts of your hot tub.
Metal Free – to combat the metals in the water we use which can stain your hot tub.
Clear and Sparkle – which is a clarifier for if your water gets cloudy as it removes dirt and oils.
Calcium Increaser – to build up hardness in the water to combat corrosion of metal parts and staining.
Clean & Fast – to clean at the water line and all inside when the hot tub is empty.
Once you assemble and fill your hot tub, your filter should be installed, you need to heat up the water to the required level for your comfort. When you get to that point the first thing you need to do is add your Metal Free to your water to prevent staining to your hot tub, run the tub for 30 minutes to mix it in and then you’re ready to balance your water.
Check your water with the strips so you can start you’re water treatment. You are going to check the alkalinity of the water first. If you need to adjust the alkalinity you may need to buy some Spa Choice 472-3-5051 Alkalinity Up for Spas and Hot Tubs, 1-Pound, as it’s easier to control the pH levels when the alkalinity is correct. The level should be 80 – 140 parts per million (ppm).
If you have to add product to the water to adjust let it circulate for 30 minutes before retesting.
Once your alkaline levels are correct the next step is checking pH levels
Your test strip should tell you whether your pH levels need adjusting or not, you may need to add pH Increase or Reduce it should be able to tell you from the directions on the bottle how much to add.
Next step is to add your Chlorine, turn on the bubble jets and sprinkle the Chlorine onto the surface of the water in the hot tub as directed for a newly filled hot tub. Test the FAC – Free Available Chlorine level with your test strips till it measures the correct level before use.
You’re now ready to use your hot tub, enjoy!
Weekly or after each use you can add some Re-Energise shock treatment. A non-chlorine shock product oxidizes the spa water and removes organic contaminants, such as soap film, dead skin, perspiration, oils and lotions.
You need to check your water about 3 times a week, use your test strips and balance your alkaline, pH levels and FAC as above.
Change your filters regularly and you can buy Spa Choice® Filter Clean & Clear to clean your filters for re-use, so if you buy a 6 pack of filters you can rotate them around if you clean them and air dry them.
Another choice for replacement products Hot Tub Spa Chemical Balance Pack: Alkalinity Up, pH Increaser, pH Decreaser, Calcium Increaser.
If you would prefer less chemicals in your water then there is the choice to use enzymatic cleaners like the Waters Choice Spa Start Up and Water Maintenance Kit 6 Month Supply
Change the water in your hot tub every 3-4 months, giving the interior of your tub a good clean out with Clean & Fast before re-filling and going through the set up again.
When buying your hot tub you need to factor in the cost of water maintenance. It may seem a little complicated but with test strips and a few products you can use your hot tub safely without fear of contamination.
Whether you have a permanent hot tub or a portable hot tub like the saluspa palm springs airjet inflatable 6-person hot tub the water maintenance is the same, and the products you will need are the same.
You can get most if not all of your required hot tub chemicals from Amazon.com whether in individual packs or in kits to get you started.
To buy the Spa Choice Standard Chlorine Kit go to Amazon.com
buy the Waters Choice Spa Start Up and Water Maintenance Kit 6 Month Supply at Amazon.com