Hot Tub, Spa, Jacuzzi Maintenance and Cleaning
Hot tubs go by many names, whether you call it a spa, jaccuzzi, a portable spa, or a hot tub, they are one in the same. To properly keep yours comfortable and feeling like summer springs, basic upkeep rules are needed. The good news is that it is very basic indeed. Spa act as miniature pools when it comes to maintaining it right. Same applies here as in pool water: Cleaning, Circulation, and Balance.
Keeping your spa clean and tidy is the key to your friends and family enjoying it all year around. Whether it is an indoor or outdoor hot tub they are both prone to developing scum build-ups. Most people have a cover, if you don’t seriously think about investing in one. Debris, trash, and at times wildlife can be a major headache for your hot tub. Make sure to keep the waterline and seats clear of these as to not create potential hazards from developing. We recommend cleaning weekly with a sponge soaked in white vinegar along the jets and shell, as well as along the water’s edge. If your having problems with the cover developing mold or mildew, which is very likely to happen, use a bleach solution of ten percent bleach to ninety percent water, to wipe down the cover top to bottom. We also recommend at least four times a year that your hot tub be drained for a complete cleaning top to bottom. If your spa is getting a lot of use or your having many people in and out think about upping this schedule a couple more times a year.
Just as with pool water your spa’s water needs to stay moving. Luckily many, depending on the model, have an automatic schedule built into the programming. Do make sure it is at least running the water through the filters for 20 minutes at least twice per day, to ensure optimal circulation. If able don’t be afraid to run your filters as much as you can, the more the water circulates the cleaner it will stay. Don’t forget, you can put running times during electricity off peak hours. Many companies have free nights and weekend deals, filter cleaning during those hours could save quite a lot of money.
How To Test Your Water Balance
As with a pool, testing and keeping the right balance of pH, alkalinity, and sanitizer is what is needed. It can be quite a bit different trying to dial in the right amounts, given the fact that the volume of water that is being treated is so much different.