One of the primary maintenance that must be done to ensure your hot tub remains relaxing and fun, is keeping up with proper treatment. In this hot tub treatment guide, we will discuss the pH levels, as well as shocking and different chemicals you can use to achieve the best results. After reading this article, you will know exactly how to begin treating hot tub water.
Treating hot tub water is easy, if you follow these steps.
To begin, you should already have your portable hot tub filled with water. Once it’s filled, the first step is to check the current pH levels of the water. You will need to continue testing this at least twice a week. Most hot tubs include some test strips to get you started, if they do not, you will need to purchase some. Luckily, they aren’t too expensive. You can usually pick up a pack of 50 for $10-$20 like these here. Ideally the pH of the water will fall between 7.2 and 7.8. Depending if it appears higher or lower is what chemical you will need to use to balance the level. There are several brands that either lower the pH or raise it, but you will need one of each on hand at all times.
Step 2: Apply chemicals for balancing and treatment
You will also need to “shock” your hot tub once a week as well. Over time, your hot tub may accumulate contaminants that cause odor and cause it to appear cloudy. You shock the hot tub by adding chlorine or non-chlorine shock which will break down the contaminants. These products can be purchased locally at a pool or spa store or online.
If your tap water contains “hard water” (water that is high in minerals such as calcium or sulfur) then you can also add a de-scaler to your weekly chemical checklist. This will prevent build-up in the filters and pipes to ensure that your hot tub will continue running as expected. If you use your hot tub very regularly, a foam may start to appear. To resolve this, simply use a defoaming agent. This may seem like a lot of chemicals, but these are all safe for your skin and hot tub if used correctly. There is nothing worse than dirty water, and the bacteria that dirty water contains can be quite dangerous. This is the most important reason for treating hot tub water.
Step 3: Remember to occasionally change the water
The water in your hot tub will need to be changed every 2 – 6 months depending on usage. While the tub is empty, take the opportunity to clean the hot tub completely, including the de-scaler we mentioned earlier. This will make treating your hot tub water easy to maintain, and keep it looking like it is brand new.
To reduce the amount of maintenance required for your hot tub, have an outdoor shower ready for anyone who want’s to get into the hot tub. Lotions and oils and other things that people apply to their skin will cause foaming faster, and showering will remove most of these before they get in. It is also important to only wear swimwear when using your hot tub too. Other clothing is not treated for water use, and can actually mess with the chemical balance you try so hard to maintain. Not only that, but the zippers, buttons, rivets, etc. on clothes can cause tears and leaks in your inflatable hot tub too if your not careful.
Step 4: Cover when not in use
Finally, nothing is as important as keeping your hot tub covered at all times when not in use. The benefits are twofold. You will keep all falling debris out, keeping your hot tub clean, while also locking in the heat. This will dramatically reduce your energy usage and how often treating hot tub water is required versus not using a cover. For the cover, simply apply a conditioner once every couple months to prevent cracking and it will last a lot longer.