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How to Care for a Spa

outdoor-spaSpas are a great way to relax and stretch your muscles. If you have a swimming pool, you are used to taking care of it in a certain way. Some of the same principles apply to taking care of a spa, but there are important differences because the water temperature is higher. Because the spa is smaller than a swimming pool, you will have to approach cleaning and treating the water differently.

It’s important to have a quality hot tub cover. It should fit securely to prevent water leaks. The cover will save you money by locking in the heat. The cover will prevent debris and dirt from getting into the water. Covers need to be replaced occasionally because older covers deteriorate and develop rips, tears and gaps. Many people opt to purchase spa covers with locks so that children cannot get into the hot tub on their own.

Chemical balance is the key to keeping the water safe. Unbalanced water can cause a variety of problems. If you add too much chlorine, bathers are likely to develop a rash. If there is not enough chlorine and the pH is out of balance, the water becomes unsanitary. The water will be cloudy without ample sanitation. It will also become foamy if it is untreated. Like swimming pools, your equipment will wear out quickly if the water is unbalanced.

You should check the water a few times a week. Check it more often if you are having problems balancing the chemicals. If you use chlorine or bromine, the amount should be 1-5 ppm. Test the pH which should register at 7.2-7.8. Test the calcium hardness and make sure it is in the range of 125-400 ppm. The ideal total alkalinity range is 120-180 ppm. Always use good quality chemicals to adjust the water and add chemicals one at a time.

You need to change the water in a spa every few months. If it’s used daily or you have a large number of bathers regularly, you’ll need to change it more often. If the water quality deteriorates, you can change the water more often.