Sometimes the final key is the most important key. In the case of Spa & Hot tub care, the final step is also part of the first step.
And getting your spa or hot tub off on the right foot is definitely the most important for you to have an excellent hot water experience. That's what we're looking for. Not just a good experience, but an excellent one.
Almost all spa & hot tub water care problems and issues can be dealt with when you properly Purge, Drain & Refill it. Whether it's a cloudy or foamy water problem or a scaling problem or "sticky" jets or even skin rashes & breathing problems, this single step can successfully deal with these issues.
Many people don't drain their spa often enough. They think the water looks "fine", yet it smells funny or you come out with itchy skin. Let's take a look at this video, then we'll go through the steps one at a time.
Purge. Purging the spa is the most important step in this 3 step process. Purging allows you to get a lot of the "stuff" that's sitting in the pluming lines & jets out into the water so that it can be drained out. Many spa water problems begin because there is a build-up of biofilms, scale & "stuff" that contains a lot of bacteria. To learn more about spa & hot tub biofilms, click here for more information & a video.
Adding a "purging" additive (AquaFinesse Spa Clean Tablet, Swirl Away, Spa System Flush, Spa Purge) will remove varying amounts biofilms & sludge from the hidden spa surfaces. Some only remove surface grime, while others get down to the root of the problem. Allow the product to run through the spa for 24 to 48 hours to get the best results.
The more you can purge from the lines, the better.
Drain. Now that you've got all (most) of this stuff removed, it's time to get it OUT! Use a submersible pump & pump or drain out the water. It is important to get as much of this used water out as possible. Eventhough your drain brings you down to the floor of the spa, you still have lots of piping that is still holding water. Disconnect the plumbing lines at the front of the pump & the rear of the filter or heater to allow more used water to drain out.
If it's at all possible (and safe), consider lifting the spa on its side to cause more used water to drain from the jets & fittings. You really want to remove as much old & used water as you can. Why? You're also removing as much trapped bacteria & ick as possible.
Once the spa or tub is drained, be sure to clean all of the spa surfaces with a cleaning pad and appropriate cleaner. Click here for the more information & the Cleaning video.
Refill. Wow! You've done quite a bit to return your spa or tub to a really clean & efficient appliance. Now it's time to get some fresh, clean water in there.
More & more customers are opting to "pre-treat" or "pre-filter" the fresh water that is refilling the spa. Pre-filters such as the Pristine Fill filter can remove all kinds of waste chemicals (including trihalomethanes) & microscopic debris from the incoming water. Or, if you're otherwise satisfied with the fill water but want to remove fine silt or heavy debris, there's the Great Grit filter.
Most pre-filters will treat up to about 1,500 gallons or between 3 - 5 refills. Be sure to keep the filter in a refrigerator between uses to minimize bacteria growth (thoroughly drain it first).
Here's a link to many other Purge, Drain & Refilling products available.
Again, this is one of the most important procedures you can perfom in maintaining your spa or hot tub. The total 90 minutes worth of work will save you in chemical costs, down time & even doctor's visits for skin rashes or breathing problems.
Be sure to check out the other 6 Keys to Spa & Hot tub care videos.
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