15 Aug 2012

Obtaining The Very Best Out of Your Hot Tub

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When maintained carefully, a hot tub can provide many years of uninterrupted use and enjoyment. It is essential for owners of hot tubs to have a basic understanding of the kind of care that is required to keep their product in good shape, especially since an improperly maintained hot tub can cause some health issues, let alone the spiraling costs of repair and replacement. So here are a few key tips to keep in mind while caring for your home spa.

Cleaning your spa water

While some manufacturers offer self cleaning systems on their spas, most models will require you to test the water levels and chemicals on a daily or weekly basis unless you want algae growing in your hot tub. Maintaining the pH levels and alkalinity levels at acceptable limits is also necessary.

It is important to use specific spa cleaning products which are tested to keep your chemical balance correct. Using household cleaners and detergents will throw off the chemical balance of the water as well as create foam bubbles on the water.

If you use hot tubs wearing products like hair gel, mousse, lotion and make-up, you could end up making the water cloudy and clogging your filter. Try to keep the water as sterile as possible at all times. Filters can be expensive to replace, so clean them about once a month to keep the tub functioning optimally and to prevent dirt build up.

Important spa maintenance advice

The PVC safety cover is a crucial part of the set-up as it seals the tub when it’s not being used and prevents heat leakage. Keeping the cover in top shape by conditioning it with a vinyl treatment product and replacing it at any signs of damage are vital as a damaged cover can drive your power bills skyward.

Keep the air control valves closed when the spa is not in use. This will prevent cold air from entering the unit and increasing the heating costs. Also, airborne dust and debris cannot enter the water thus keeping it clean and reducing expenses on cleaning chemicals.

Check the sides of hot tubs regularly for signs of water leakage and immediately repair them as leaks can lead to corrosion of the outer body and insulating material and such damage may require major surgery on your tub.

Flush the plumbing system with the appropriate cleanser about once a month to prevent build up of grime and debris which can potentially cause clogs that will disrupt functioning.

By adhering to a few simple maintenance guidelines and acting according to the manufacturer’s instructions, you can extend the life of hot tubs and keep repair costs at a minimum. The fact is that home spa maintenance is not as big a hassle as you may imagine it to be. It is quite uncomplicated and only takes some getting used to, and over time, you can keep your product looking and working like it just came off a shop floor.

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