So, you like Soft Soak & BaquaSpa, but are frustrated with those products.
Since 2008, ParPools.com has been telling you about AquaFinesse. AquaFinesse is a product that effectively removes build-ups of biofilms in swimming pools, spas & hot tubs. Many spa & hot tub owners have converted their water care systems over to AquaFinesse, from chlorine & bromine with great success.
But then there are those of you who for a variety of reasons, need to use a thoroughly non-chlorine, non-bromine treatment program for your spa or hot tub. You use SpaGuard Soft Soak or BaquaSpa which utilize biguanide technology. Biguanides are very effective in treating bacteria in spas & hot tubs plus they're very stable in hot water situations (especially compared to chlorine or bromine). But unfortunately, they do have a down side.
Keep in mind that these "down side" issues occur in a relatively small proportion of spas & hot tubs - we estimate less than 10%. The down side usually involves issues such as stinging vapors, crusty waterline build-up, and sometimes, but not too often, spa mold (sort of a tissue paper-looking substance growing on the spa shell) or pink slime (noticeable on the filter cartridge).
All of those issues are rooted in the formation of biofilms in your spa's plumbing lines & hidden surfaces. Read more about biofilms here. And because biguanides work much differently than halogens (chlorine & bromine), the expended biguanide (Soft Soak Sanitizer or BaquaSpa sanitizer) carrying the "dead" bacteria (waste), actually ends up sticking to the biofilm. This leads to stinging vapors & crusty waterline build-up. Let me explain a bit more.
As the biofilm (with the attached waste) breaks up and spreads, it can easily be "aerosolized" as the air jets are turned on, thereby sometimes causing acrid fumes. Because biofilms themselves have a very low pH (about 1 on a scale of 0 - 14), those aerosolized bits can lead to coughing or wheezing.
The crusty, hard to remove or clean waterline is caused similarly. The biofilm exists at or on the waterline. The expended biofilm attaches to it and then protects the waterline causing it to become even crustier and more difficult to remove or clean.
When AquaFinesse is added to the spa, it is able to "chemically" remove the biofilm from any & all surfaces whether at the waterline, in the plumbing and filter system lines, behind spa pillows, inside jets, etc. No other product is currently on the market to effectively remove & prevent biofilm build-up that is compatible with all types of spa care treatments. Regular weekly additions of AquaFinesse continually remove the biofilms from the surfaces allowing the filter to trap it.
Normally, weekly rinsing of the cartridge is necessary (sometimes more often during the first week or two of use) with a recommended chemical cleaning performed about every 4 to 6 weeks.
In the long run, customers find that they are able to more easily maintain a good sanitizer level of 20 - 30 ppm with much longer intervals between additions (adding every 2 - 3 weeks rather than 7 - 10 days). Remember that you should NOT add Soft Soak or BaquaSpa Sanitizer until the level falls below 20 ppm. Keeping a level above 30 ppm does not offer any more sanitizing efficiency or effectiveness than at 25 ppm. Furthermore, the shock level is able to be maintained for a longer period of time as well.
The best part though is that the spa water & filter cartridge are able to kept "clean" for a longer period of time. Customers report being able to extend the purge, drain & refill time to every 4 - 6 months rather than 2 - 3 months prior to using AquaFinesse. On top of that, the filter cartridge is easier to clean and can last longer.
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