In Just a Few Minutes a Week, Keep Your Hot Tub Sanitary and Protected against Interior Damage
Most new hot tub owners feel relieved when they realize how easy it is to keep a clean spa.
Proper hut tub maintenance involves cleaning the exterior and maintaining fresh, balanced water inside. While chemicals reduce bacteria in the water, high levels pose a danger to swimmers. Moreover, the hot tub itself is at risk of corrosion when improperly kept. Thankfully, you can avoid this without little invested time.
Chemical and Mineral Levels
It doesn’t take a scientist to check chemical levels in a hot tub. Most hot tub and pool stores sell strips that gauge how mineral or chemical intensive the water is. These checks need to happen about once a week. The main chemicals to watch are chlorine, bromine and baquanine. The pH level, too, is important.
When adjusting chemical levels in the hot tub, measure prior to dumping. As well, add one chemical at a time, then wait to allow for full chemical absorption and dispersal. Always keep the water flowing during maintenance: the jets mix the chemicals more thoroughly.
Every so often, you should shock the water with sanitizer. While this prevents you from briefly using the spa, it helps to restore levels and deteriorate undetected build up. Shock every few months, in between recycling the water.
Filters need cleaning every two to four weeks. They also need replacing when frayed, split or thinned. Age wears out filters, but excessively dirty hot tubs make filter maintenance more of a priority.
To clean the filters, pop them out and run the hose through the cartridge. Doing so flushes anything clogging the mesh. It also helps the filters work more effectively once reinserted. You can purchase filter cleaner to make this process easier; it may also extend the life of each filter.