Spa Water Maintenance
Although there is less water in a spa than a pool, that doesn’t mean a spa is less care. Actually a spa requires more specialised water treatment to keep it sparkling, clean and healthy.
Spas and Pools are both filled with water and need to be tested and treated regularly, but that’s where the similarities end. Understanding the uniqueness of a spa or hot tub – its higher temperatures, smaller volume, jetted water and the likelihood of high bather loads is important to establish a proper testing and treatment regime.
Typically, hot water combined with jet action encourages the release of bodily wastes and bacteria growth. Hot water and high bather loads leads to your sanitiser being used up which allows harmful bacteria to thrive.
In addition to bacteria problems hot water can also cause scale problems due to a calcium build up particularly on heater elements this can put alot of pressure on your spa equipment and can lead to increased operating costs and problems down the track if allowed to build up.
Zodiac recommends that you test your spa water prior to use and at least three times per week using a test kit. At a minimum each test should include a measure of sanitiser levels, pH and alkalinity. Temperature should also be checked to ensure the best operating conditions for the sanitiser used. It is also important that the pump lint pot and filter are cleaned regularly to avoid contamination.
It is recommended to completely empty the spa pool every three months or replace 10% to 15% of water every week. Also replace the water if the spa is used by a large number of people and you cannot adjust the water balance to recommended levels or if the water becomes very cloudy or if algae growth becomes apparent and can’t be rectified.
Zodiac PQ has a complete range of specifically designed Spa Products to keep your spa water sparkling clean and healthy. pool water and eye and skin irritation.
Remember to always obtain advice from your Zodiac Pool Professional before adding any treatment to your spa.