The cornerstone of spa maintanence is the proper use of chemicals. Proper chemical use is essential to ensuring a healthy, long living spa. Chemicals are used to enhance your spa experience and to create an environment that is impossible to live in for microbes. Chemicals also preserve the spa's inner workings, as well keep foam levels low, break down any oils released by your skin, and adjust the waters mineral content. Keeping up with chemicals is extremely simple
The easiest way to check your levels is with a test strip. The frequency of testing varies by the amount of use your spa gets as well as the amount of people using it. To use a test strip, simply dip it in the water then compare the results with the illustration on the container. If anything is off, all you have to do is add a small quantity of chemicals, wait a few minutes with the spa on, then test again until levels are optimal. For specialty chemicals (such as clarifyer) just add on an as-needed basis.
When purchasing your spa, I highly recommend a Sundance or other brand with built-in sanitation features. This will dramatically reduce the quantity and frequency of chemical additions. Each Sundance spa comes with a built in ClearRay bulb and SunPurity Mineral Sanitizer. The ClearRay blub uses patented UV-B technology to oxidize and kill any bacteria in the water. The SunPurity Sanitizer uses silver ions to furtherdestroy any microbes. These drastically reduce the need for Chlorine and Oxidizer.
Another important chemical is PH Up. This is very important to the inner workings of the spa. If the PH is too low in your hot tub, then any exposed metal parts will be slowly eaten away by the water.
overall, chemical maintanence is incredibly simple but incredibly important. Remember this, and follow these simple directions to get the most out of your spa! Good luck!
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