Testing your spa water regularly with Spa Selections Test Strips helps you identify when spa levels are out of range and need to be corrected.
When spa or hot tub water remains unbalanced, the water becomes cloudy, mineral buildup occurs, equipment corrodes, skin can become irritated during use, and sanitizer cannot work effectively.
Use the Spa Selections Test Strips to test and maintain the correct levels of total bromine, free chlorine, alkalinity, pH and calcium hardness.
Remove one Spa Selections Test Strip from the bottle. Dip the strip into the spa or hot tub water for two seconds to a depth of 6 inches. Remove from spa water with pads face up. Shake once to remove excess water. Read immediately.
Compare the colors on the pads of the test strip to the color chart on the bottle. Record your levels for easy correction and reference.
After the initial startup, test spa or hot tub water three to five times a week. Then, go to testing twice a week after the results have remained at the ideal level.
A common cause of foam in spas and hot tubs is the turbulent water combined with lotions, soaps, and detergents from bathers and their swimsuits. Showering before entering the spa and using Spa Selections Foam Out helps reduce the amount of foaming. Organic waste build-up can also cause foaming. If you are sanitizing your spa with bromine, you should shock your spa with Spa Selections Non-Chlorine Shock Oxidizer on a regular basis to oxidize the waste out of the water and reduce foaming.
Spa Selections Bromine is a two-part system, including Spa Selections Brominating Tablets and Spa Selections Brom-Start. Overall, bromine tends to be more popular among spa owners because unlike chlorine, bromine is effective over a wider pH range, doesn't irritate your eyes and will not bleach bathing suits. Additionally, bromine is still an effective sanitizer in its combined form and doesn't smell. Many spa owners, however, elect to sanitize with chlorine. Chlorine is traditionally used in pools and is an effective sanitizer and oxidizer. Spa Selections Chlorinating Granules are easy to use and keep the water sparkling clean!
How often you shock spa water depends on the sanitizer and the number of users in a 24-hour period. If you are using Spa Selections Brominating Tablets and Spa Selections Brom-Start, it is recommended that you shock each time you finish using your spa. If you are using Spa Selections Chlorinating Granules, it is recommended that you shock at least once per week. It may be necessary to shock more often if the user load is heavy or the water is cloudy.