Seasons Magazine August 2017
Protecting you and your spa
In this article we discuss and explain how to look after your spa by keeping the water balance right and by carrying out some regular maintenance on it.
It’s not uncommon, for clients to come into our stores, a little upset, frustrated and even embarrassed because the water in their new spa has gone cloudy and sometimes foamy. What has happened? In most cases it’s a lack of sanitation and/or incorrect water balance.
Generally, when your new spa is delivered, it is great excitement and the family is only interested in how long before they can hop in and start enjoying the hot water and bubbles.
The last thing you will remember is what Maurice told you about balancing the water and how to sanitise after use. A few days later a penny will drop – “Oops what did Maurice say about using the sanitiser and what was this for and when were we supposed to put that in.”
Well let’s take a look at what he was advising you to do.
1. Why Water Balance
The first important step is to have correct water balance. By balancing the levels of Alkalinity, Calcium and pH it makes the water comfortable, increases the efficiency of your sanitiser and provides protection for the surface and equipment of your spa. Incorrect water balance over time can lead to some not so happy smiles when the repair bills arrive that could have been avoided.
2. Why Sanitise
Your spa pool is to be enjoyed; however, you need to be mindful that it is a hot water environment where bacteria can grow rather rapidly. The last thing we want is for you to have the unfortunate experience of getting sick from your spa pool due to lack of sanitation. Even with an efficient filtration system, ozone and silver ions, a sanitiser (sometimes referred to as a disinfectant) is still recommended. We quite often get: “ but I don’t like sitting in a pool of chlorine” or “I don’t like the smell.” Generally when chlorine is dispensed at the correct levels, you should not experience either of these. We advise using “The Rule of Thumb”: 1 teaspoon of chlorine per person per ½ hour added after you get out will ensure a good level of sanitation to clean and refresh the water after your use.
We get it, the chemistry can be a little hard to get your head around so briefly – if you are smelling chlorine then you haven’t used enough. What you are smelling is called Chloramines, the after effect of chlorine having mixed with the body fats and oils, body product, makeup, etc. If the correct dose is done you should not get this. If you don’t like sitting in chlorine then provided you do your treatment when you get out the chlorine will have done its job and there shouldn’t be any residual chlorine in the spa by the next time you use the spa, this generally works well for
most of our clients. We also recommend that you shock dose your spa once a week; by using a larger dose of chlorine or using a special chlorine mix designed for this purpose. This oxidises the water and removes any residual matter, spent chlorine and nitrates, leaving your water clean and refreshed.
There is a lot of information around this particular subject – so join us next month for a bit more in depth understanding.
3. Why Regular testing
Put simply by testing your water regularly you know that you are keeping it clean and healthy for you and your family to bathe in. It is not like your bath where you empty straight after use. You can hold the water for a reasonable period of time and be okay. You can test your pool water with a simple “Dip Stick” which will give you a reasonable guide. We recommend bringing a sample in for more in depth testing at least once a month or as soon as you experience a problem. We have experienced professionals and simple programmes that make maintenance easy.
4. Your Filters
So often spa owners, neglect one of the most important pieces of equipment in their spa – the filters.
These are working hard to remove what you put in the water. They can quickly build up with body fats, oils hair etc. and therefore require regular cleaning. The amount of bathers and length of time spent in the spa will dictate when your filters should be cleaned.
That good old “Rule of Thumb” comes into play yet again. Generally once a week you need to take them out and give them a thorough hosing (guys not with the high pressure hose or water blaster). Once a month they need to be soaked in a filter degreaser to break down any build up. Leaving them out to dry in the sun, when we have it, will kill off any bacteria. Looking after your filters will give them a life span of approximately 18 months to two years before replacement is required.
The most common call we get is “my spa has stopped heating.” A good part of the time is due to dirty filters preventing good flow to the heater.
A little each week is all it takes to protect you, your family and your spa.
Talk to our professionals – we have simple programmes and simple products to make looking after your spa take up so much less time than the time you spend enjoying it.