Relaxing in a spa (also known as a hot tub) can be a highly enjoyable activity; however, there are additional factors that one needs to be aware of when making that purchase. Before buying a spa, it is important to remember that regular maintenance needs to be completed to ensure effective long-term functioning. Spas need daily, weekly and annual maintenance to remain safe and clean; furthermore, certain hot tubs may need more maintenance than others. This article will provide some information on how to manage these items and enjoy the spa for a long time to come.
1. Daily Tasks
Daily tasks must be carried out to ensure the water remains safe for you and guests. Each day the pH and chlorine levels in the water need to be tested using specific testing kits. This only takes a minute or two making it a simple activity to complete; however, the significance cannot be stressed enough. If the levels are not aligned, the water may be unsafe for use and cause negative reactions to individuals using the spa. To align levels, should they be out, simply add more pH or chlorine to the water; both are available as part of a starter kit.
Another daily task to complete is the cleaning of the waterline. This involves wiping the waterline clear of any dirt. The obvious reason for clearing the dirt is to prevent a ring from developing; however, neglecting this duty can also lead to bacteria growth which can begin to damage the spa wall. It is recommended that you clean the areas being used as well to avoid any additional dirt or debris entering the water.
2. Weekly Tasks
Each week there are specific tasks that need to be completed as part of spa maintenance. Depending on your property location and the type of water used in the spa, you may need to alter the type of maintenance carried out. The task at hand is to clear water of contaminants and if one uses soft water only a small amount of clearing chemical will need to be used, such as a non-chlorine spa shock. This water clearing solution is used to remove organic contaminants. If, however, hard water is used stain and scale treatments may be needed to eliminate staining and scaling development; as well as removing cloudy water.
It is also recommended that one refills the spa with water each week. Typically, water evaporates or is spilt out during the week, and refilling will replace the lost liquid.
3. Monthly And Annual Tasks
At least twice a month, it is necessary for the filter of the spa to be removed and cleaned. A filter can collect large amounts of debris and if not cleared will cause the spa to stop functioning effectively. The cover of the pump should also be viewed monthly to check if all parts are operating correctly. Each three months, the spa should be drained and refilled after a cleaning of the walls. By ignoring this task you are opening the spa to chances of bacteria growth, staining, and scaling on the walls.
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