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Hot Tub Water Balancing 101

It doesn’t get much better than a relaxing soak in the warm, circulating waters of your hot tub. Morning or evening, enjoying the tranquility found in those bubbling waters can start or end your day perfectly. How do you make sure your hot tub water stays clean, clear, and comfortable? It all comes down to hot tub water balancing. Keeping your hot tub water balanced will ensure that your hot tub is always ready when you are. 

Hot Tub Water Balancing Requires a Schedule

If you want to keep your hot tub water pristine and balanced, putting cleaning and maintenance tasks on a schedule is key. Overall, your hot tub maintenance isn’t difficult or time-consuming, but it certainly pays off in the long run by keeping your hot tub looking great and running well. 

Removing debris like leaves, twig, insects, etc., is a definite must. You’ll also want to watch the waterline weekly for the development of buildup. Use a sponge to wipe it away, along with your spa seats and jets. All of these tasks work together to help maintain both your tub and its water.

So, how do you know what your water needs once you’ve done these other tasks? Your test kit will be your best friend. Test your water weekly or after you’ve had a day of heavy usage. The results of your test kit will show you what your water needs to stay at its very best.

Balance Takes Chemistry

Properly balanced water takes the addition of certain chemicals to keep your water looking it’s sparkling best. Use your test kit and keep these chemicals on hand.

pH Increaser, pH Decreaser, and Alkalinity Increaser

Keeping your pH balanced is vital for both your hot tub components and your personal comfort. Aim for a pH level between 7.2 to 7.8. If your pH is too high, there will be problems with calcium and scale buildup along the waterline, and you’ll find that your water often looks cloudy. You won’t enjoy spending time in your tub either because of itchy skin and burning eyes. If the pH is too low, then you have the possibility of corrosion of the metal components and staining of your tub. You’ll also find that you will have itchy skin and a burning sensation of the eyes and nose. Both of these issues will also wreak havoc on your sanitizer levels, and you’ll find that you are adding more sanitizer than usual. Once your testing kit reveals your pH level, use either pH increaser or pH decreaser to maintain the appropriate level. 

Alkalinity increaser is important because it helps keep your pH in check so that you don’t see drastic changes. You want the water alkalinity of your hot tub to stay within 100ppm-150ppm. Levels too high will also cause problems with scaling and cloudiness.

Sanitizer and Shock 

You won’t have any surprises waiting on you when you keep your hot tub properly sanitized. The sanitizer will kill any harmful bacteria so that you are sure to enjoy clean, safe water. Follow your package directions and retest your water to ensure your pH and alkalinity levels are still within the proper range. Shock is only needed during long periods of inactivity or when you’ve had heavy usage. 

Want to keep your hot tub and its water in perfect condition? Look no further than The Pool People. We can do it all, from free water testing to providing you with the best in spa care products, You’ll find it all right here at one of our four convenient locations. Come see us today and find out how we can help you keep your hot tub water care worry free.

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