Fall is here, which makes it the perfect time of year to enjoy your hot tub. There’s not much better than feeling the cool weather while enjoying a warm soak. But one of the most important aspects of hot tub ownership is proper maintenance and water care. So to ensure your water is healthy and your hot tub is clean, there are a few things you need to complete on a regular basis, even throughout fall. 

The good news is that hot tub maintenance is very easy to do and even easier with the right water care routine. Read on to learn more about how to care for your water and keep your hot tub ready to enjoy this season.

Go With the Flow

Stagnation breeds bacteria. Circulate the water through the hot tub filter at least once daily. 

A Good Scrub

Cleaning your tub inside and out removes unwanted substances and keeps your water healthy. There are specific hot tub cleaning products made to protect you and your hot tub, reducing calcification and helping to keep the interior of your hot tub clean and shiny. 

Keep Things Sanitized 

There are few sanitization techniques that work great for hot tubs, and they involve the addition of suitable chemicals at the right concentration to tub water. 

  • Bromine at 2-4mg/l
  • Free active chlorine at 0.3-1.5mg/l 
  • Free chlorine + cyanuric acid at 1-4mg/l
  • Combined chlorine at a max. of 0.5mg/l  
  • Salt
  • Minerals
  • Biguanide

Luckily, there are plenty of testing tools that make measuring and balancing your chemical levels a simple process. 

To shock your hot tub, you will need to add specific chlorine or non-chlorine-based substances to the tub water. Dichlor shock is a great choice. Shocking effectively takes care of the organic remnants of sanitization and any contaminants that can harbor bacteria. 

Do Not Tip the Scales 

Has your skin ever felt tight and dry after a soak? Your hot tub water may have too much alkalinity or be too acidic. Does your hot tub water have a hard time lathering? It is probably due to hard water.  

Find a balance. You can achieve this when the mineral elements combine in the right amounts. Always dip a test strip to confirm pH levels. Your targets should be a pH level of 7.4 -7.6 and an alkalinity of 100 parts per million (ppm) to 150 ppm. 

Chemicals to use in achieving balance:

  • Alkalinity increaser
  • pH increaser
  • pH decreaser

Your Houston Hot Tub Experts

When it comes to hot tub water care the experts at Spas Unlimited have the knowledge and experience to help you keep your water healthy and clear. Stop by our hot tub store in Houston today to learn more about the best chemicals or chemical maintenance programs to make hot tub ownership easy and worry-free. Or even schedule a drain and clean with our service professionals. Whatever your needs, Spas Unlimited is here to help.