ABOUT CHEMICALS

For the first time spa owner, the thought of working with chemicals might seem confusing or uncomfortable. Let us assure you that technology has made this chore incredible safe and easy.

Arctic Hot Tub

The common denominator in all of these systems is the water.

And, unlike your bath tub at home where you put fresh water in each time, the water in your hot tube will only get changed 2 to 3 times a year. So, we need to make sure that it remains as pure and free from contaminates as possible – making it safe for us, humans, as well as for the equipment that has to move it about inside.

Follow 4 steps

To make sure that Hot Tub’s water remains as pure and free from contaminates as possible, follow these steps at least once a week.

Step 1 - Establish the proper pH level

pH measures how acidic your water is. If this isn’t balanced then you risk damaging your equipment, in particular heating elements, pump seals and the internal works on gas fired heaters.

The proper pH level for your hot tub should be between 7.2 and 7.8

All you have to do is dip a test strip in the water and compare the color to a chart that we’ll provide for you. Then, you follow a simple set of instructions to add a pH balancing agent.

High pH Readings

Poor Sanitizer Efficiency

Cloudy Water

Scale Formation

Shorter Filter Runs

Skin & Eye Irritations

Low pH Readings

Poor Sanitizer Efficiency

Corroded Metals/Equipment

Skin & Eye Irritation

Etched or Stained Plaster (inground)

Destruction of Total Alkalinity

Step 2 – Measure Total Alkalinityblish the proper pH level

Alkalinity is the chemical mechanism that allows you to control your pH balance.

The ideal range is 80 to 120 parts per million.

All you have to do is dip a test strip in the water and compare the color to a chart that we’ll provide for you. Then, you follow a simple set of instructions to add an alkaline balancing agent.

High Total Alkalinity

Hard To Change pH

Cloudy Water

Scale Formation

Skin & Eye Irritations

Poor Sanitizer Efficiency

Low Total ReaAlkalinitydings

Rapid Changes In pH

Corroded Metals/Equipment

Skin & Eye Irritation

Step 3 – Controlling the hardness of your water (Calcium)

Now, we need to measure the minerals in your water including calcium and magnesium. Water needs to have some degree of “hardness”. But, too much and your equipment suffers not to mention scale and water foaming.

The calcium level should be between 100 to 250 parts per million.

If you have “soft water” then you may need to add calcium.

Step 4 – Sanitizing

You want to keep your water clean with chlorine at a ratio of about 3 to 5 parts per million. That’s about 2 tea spoons to start with.

When in doubt, call us! We’re here to help.