Good water circulation
is vital to keeping your spa water properly filtered and chemically balanced. As water is circulated, it passes through the
filter cartridges where small particles are collected and trapped. Additionally, stagnant water has the tendency to become
a haven for algae, bacteria and other microorganisms that can be detrimental to your spa experience. By ensuring adequate
circulation, you can eliminate these microorganisms through proper distribution of sanitizing chemicals throughout the spa.
-Run your spa circulation system daily. The information provided to you by the spa’s manufacturer should provide you with the appropriate duration, but if you are unsure, ask a Pool Time professional for assistance.
-Take care of your equipment. Don’t assume it is working properly if your spa is having problems staying clean.
-Replace the filter element as often as the manufacturer recommends. An average lifespan of a cartridge is approximately 18 months to 24 months, but this will vary depending on usage and care.
-Use SpaGuard Water Clarifier weekly. Some particles of debris are microscopic and too small for the filter to catch. Water Clarifier will help join these tiny particles together and allow the filter to remove them, keeping the water clear.
-Eliminate oils before they collect at the waterline or clog the filter with Natural Spa Enzyme.
Testing is a vital component in spa care. Because of the small volume of water relative to bather load, spa chemistry tends to fluctuate dramatically as spa usage increases. This leads to many difficult and hard-to-solve water chemistry issues. The best approach is to test spa water regularly in order to prevent these bad situations from arising.
We recommend the following Test Strips and Test Kits:
Tips and Recommendations:
-Bring a water sample into the store regularly for a complete water analysis. In addition to testing the pH and sanitizer, this analysis will measure the water's total alkalinity, calcium hardness, iron, copper, manganese and total dissolved solids. Based on this report, we can give you a professional analysis of your spa’s water chemistry and help you keep the spa clean, clear and enjoyable.
-Test sanitizer, pH and Total Alkalinity levels several times a week with the test strips. These strips provide quick, easy and accurate readings. The test process is easy. Follow the label instructions. Simply dip and read. Alternatively, a drop-test kit can be used if preferred.
-Maintain residuals of your sanitizing agents within the following ranges:
Bromine residual = 3 - 6 ppm
-Maintain the pH between 7.4 - 7.6.
-Maintain Total Alkalinity level between 100-125 ppm.
Spa chemistry is one of the more confusing aspects of spa care. We at Pool Time strive to be the area’s best source of spa maintenance knowledge. We believe that by using the best quality chemical products you will save yourself time and effort and enhance your enjoyment of your spa. We recommend SpaGuard products to meet all your spa maintenance needs. By using a SpaGuard program in your spa care regimen, you’ll receive numerous benefits. When used according to label instructions, SpaGuard products will:
The first step in any spa maintenance program is to decide which type of sanitizing agent should be used. Each has various benefits and drawbacks and no single solution is right for everyone. Even if your spa is equipped with an ozone generator, you still need SpaGuard sanitizing and "shock products." Ozone can provide some oxidizing support, but ozone is very short lived. SpaGuard sanitizers provide the continuous, reliable protection you need.
Bromine is the most effective sanitizer available for spas and requires the least amount of maintenance. Available in either tablet or granule form, bromine is extremely effective at killing algae and bacteria, yet forgiving of minor chemical imbalances. Bromine is not compatible with Nature2 silver nitrate cartridges.
Chlorine is also an extremely effective sanitizer and works almost as well as bromine with regard to killing algae and bacteria. Chlorine typically requires spending slightly more attention to the spa as it is applied in granule (powered) form and must be applied more than once a week in regularly used spas. The advantage of chlorine is that the smell is generally preferable to bromine and has less effect on individuals with skin sensitive to chemicals. Furthermore, because chlorine has to be manually added to the spa in granule form, it promotes a more programmed and disciplined approach to spa care and thus a cleaner spa. Additionally, chlorine is compatible with alternative sanitizers such as <link>Nature2<link> silver nitrate cartridges
In some cases, neither chlorine nor bromine is an appropriate chemical sanitizer because of adverse skin or eye reactions to the chemicals, aversion to chemical odors, or a desire for softer, gentler water. That is why Pool Time offers the Spaguard Soft Soak system. For more information on this system, please visit the SoftSoak website.
When people use spas, they leave undesirable compounds like body oil, perspiration and cosmetics that can irritate skin, burn eyes and create odors. Oxidizing, also known as “shocking” the water, removes these undesirable compounds and restores water clarity and comfort. An oxidizer should be used weekly in most residential spas, more frequently in heavily-used or commercial spas. Both chlorinated and non-chlorinated shocks are available in the SpaGuard line. Either can be used in Chlorine and Bromine systems, and both are effective in eliminating unwanted compounds and contaminants in spas.
Keeping spa water chemically balanced is vital for comfort, clarity, effectiveness and efficiency of sanitizer and keeping spa surfaces and equipment maintained. With our selection of SpaGuard products, Pool Time can recommend the solution for any spa balancing issue that might arise.
PH, or the level of acidity of the spa water is the most important issue when considering chemical balance. pH is notoriously sensitive to chemicals being introduced into the spa as well as substances introduced by bathers.
Keeping Total Alkalinity within ideal range is important as a pH buffer, in that it helps to prevent large shifts in pH. A popular alternative to maintaining Total Alkalinity is use of a dedicated pH buffer such as Spa Sentry.
Minerals, metals and suspended particles in your spa can cause staining, damage to equipment, chemical inefficiency and cloudy water. Prevent these problems pro-actively as part of your normal maintenance with any of these SpaGuard products.
When water chemistry is not ideal, spas will often present a host of symptoms that warn you to fix the problem. It is always best to solve the underlying chemistry problem, but SpaGuard offers products to give you immediate results in eliminating foaming and odors.
A major component of spa care is cleaning the surface of the spa. Bacteria, algae, dirt, oil and other contaminants can accumulate on the spa surface, especially near the waterline, creating unsightly stains and scum line deposits.
-Use a skimmer net to remove floating debris.
-Brush and vacuum the spa.
-If you have a skimmer basket, empty it once or twice a week.
Use Bioguard Off the Wall or SpaGuard Spa Mitts. These fast-acting products break up the oils and debris at the waterline so you can easily wipe the surface clean. These products, unlike normal household cleaners are completely compatible with your spa’s water chemistry.
Prevent waterline build-up with SpaGuard Natural Spa Enzyme. This natural product has enzymes that digest most oils and eliminate them from the water.
Regular draining and refilling is a normal part of spa care. Over time, the water absorbs and dissolves minerals, chemicals and other soluble material. Pool Time can perform a Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) test to help determine if it's time to replace your water. High TDS can make the water look dull, become foamy and develop an odor. Other factors can also play into the decision of whether a spa should be drained.
-How often you drain and refill your spa depends on how often you use it.
-After draining your spa, clean it with SpaGuard® Off The Wall and SpaGuard Spa Mitts to eliminate oils and scum.
-After refilling the spa, add a bottle of Spa Sentry to help maintain the pH
-Bring a water sample into Pool Time following a refill. We can advise you what chemicals should be used to start-up the spa.
SoftSoak is the non-chlorine, non-bromine spa program for people who want the benefit of a clean spa without the noticeable odor and occasional drying of skin and eye irritation of chlorine or bromine. SoftSoak’s advantages:
Nature2 is a sanitizing system that uses patented mineral-bed technology to provide crystal clear water and improved water quality. Working with the pool filtration system, Nature2 uses elemental minerals that combine with a small amount of chlorine to inhibit bacteria growth and eliminate contaminants. Minerals make the water noticeably softer, and less chlorine means a lower potential for red-eye, dry skin or foul odors. With Nature2, your swim experience is clean, fresh, and gently soothing.
Extensively tested and proven to sanitize your water more effectively than chlorine-based treatments alone, Nature2 uses precise mineral combinations for its pool and spa treatments. Its Controlled Release Technology provides precise amounts of minerals in the water at any one time, ensuring optimum cleaning and no staining. In pools, silver and copper work in conjunction with the small level of chlorine to destroy bacteria and other organics.
Nature2 Spa combines zinc and silver, teamed with an oxidizer, to effectively sanitize even at the
higher water temperatures. When used with MPS, the most recommended oxidant for spas, Nature2 Spa becomes the only EPA approved
complete, non-chlorine sanitizing system.