Category: Maintenance

Useful hints and tips about swim spa and hot tub maintenance. Our blog on maintenance gives you practical and useful advice on cleaning, what chemicals to use along with tips to increase the longevity of your tub so you can enjoy it without damage or corrosion. We are always on hand to give you expert advice on the maintenance of your Hydropool product. Please contact us if you need any help.

hot tub chemicals FAQ

Hot Tub Chemicals FAQ

We all love a good dip in a cosy bubbling hot tub. But hot tubs need a little looking after to keep them performing at their best.

You’ll be pleased to know that just a quick check a few times a week and the right balance of chemicals is all you need for worry-free bathing. We’ve compiled some of our most commonly asked questions about hot tub chemistry in this handy hot tub chemicals FAQ blog.

How do I balance hot tub water?

Hot tubs require a balance of chemicals to keep them running safely and efficiently. Firstly though, measuring the ‘Total Alkalinity’ of the water is required to give you a pH reading. Aiming between 7.2 and 7.8 on the scale is where you need to be. Anything below is too acidic meaning that the water sanitisers become less effective and cause irritation to bathers’ skin and eyes. Acidity can also cause damage to your hot tub. A reading higher than 7.8 is too alkaline which also causes the chemicals to be less effective. It may also cause scale building up producing cloudy, foamy water. Use a pH testing strip to test your water before adding any chemical balancer.

Oops – I’ve added too much chlorine

Chlorine is a great sanitiser, killing germs and bacteria to keep you safe from infection whilst bathing. 5ppm is the recommended level of chlorine for safe hot tub use. If you’ve added too much, run the jets with the cover open for at least 30 minutes and test again to see if the level has gone down or purchase some chlorine reducer which will help bring the levels down quickly. If you’ve added way too much, then the only options are to either drain and little and dilute it or drain completely and re-fill. Do not use the tub if there is too much chlorine added. Your skin will not thank you!

How long after I’ve added chemicals can I use my tub?

ALWAYS TEST THE WATER BEFORE GETTING IN TO ENSURE SAFETY AND COMFORT. Put the jets on and leave the tub uncovered for 20 minutes after you’ve added the chemical. Generally, chlorine granules will take 10-15 minutes to dilute and disperse with the jets running. If you have added a non-shock formula, then leave around 2-3 hours before re-testing and climbing in.

Why do I have foamy water?

Foamy water is generally caused by detergent residues from swimming costumes, or soaps and oils. There’s no need to wash your swimming costume each time you use your tub, simply rinse the costume in clean water and hang out to dry. You could also try showering in your costume before you jump in to rinse any residue away. If foam is a persistent problem, then adding an anti-foam solution such as Ez-Bubble Burst will prevent build up restoring your bubbles.

Why are my hot tub chemicals not dissolving?

The best way of dissolving granules is to mix in a jug prior to adding to the tub. Undissolved granules left at the bottom of the tub can cause damage to the acrylic.

How long do hot tub chemicals last?

The expiry date for chlorine or bromine is usually 2 years from the manufacture date. Always check the date on the side of your hot tub chemicals and use within the recommended timescale.

Can hot tub chemicals be stored outside?

Hot tub chemicals are sensitive to heat and moisture so storing them in a cool, dry place is recommended to preserve their effectiveness. Direct sunlight is the enemy of chemicals and prolonged exposure may render them useless. Avoid extreme hot and cold temperatures. Storing them inside in a lockable container is the best way to preserve the effectiveness of the chemicals.

What is hot tub shock?

‘Shocking’ your hot tub water means adding the recommended level of chlorine to your tub to bring the pH level back to a safe bathing range.

Do I have to use chemicals in a hot tub?

The short answer is yes. If you do not add chemicals to your tub it’s likely that it will only be useable for a day without draining it and starting again. Pretty time consuming and pointless! For those worried about chemicals such as chlorine affecting skin, if the correct dosage has been added and you’re not bathing for a prolonged period of time and showering afterwards, it’s unlikely your skin will be affected.

Bromine is another alternative to chlorine if you are concerned about the chlorine smell or you have sensitive skin. Bromine is great for hot tubs as it destroys bacteria at high temperatures very effectively. The amount of bromine needed compared to chlorine is less, which may also save you some pennies.

If you would like any further advice about hot tub chemicals then please contact our helpful team for clarity.

moving a hot tub

Hot tubs and moving house

Don’t forget about your hot tub during the move!

Moving to a new house and wondering how to shift your tub? Or recently bought a house with a hot tub? Either way, you’ll need the help of the professionals to manage the process. Our hot tub moving service makes it a breeze, allowing you to juggle everything else involved when moving house.

Minimise the stress

When thinking about the top 5 most stressful situations in life, moving to a new house has got to be near the top of the list. Between juggling solicitors, estate agents and organising the packing, thinking about how to move your hot tub will probably be the last thing on your mind.

If you can’t bear to leave your hot tub behind, then you’ll need expert help to safely transfer it to your next abode. This is where the professionals at Yorkshire Hot Tubs come in. With almost 10 years’ experience installing, repairing and moving hot tubs, we have the tools to handle any move with the utmost care and precision. From a penthouse apartment, to a tiny alleyway, we won’t be beaten. We’ve moved hot tubs and swim spas with tractors, cranes and even helicopters!

Prep is essential

If the grounds of your next property need preparing prior to installing your tub or spa, then we can also help with that. You may want to sink your tub into the ground, in which case it’ll require some groundworks in terms of laying a foundation. We can arrange all this for you; all we need is to visit the site to discuss your exact needs and our team can handle the rest.

Looking for an upgrade?

Is your move signalling the need to upgrade your tub? Hydropool should be your first choice for luxury and technology that’s guaranteed for years to come. Hydropool has over 25 years’ experience in the bathing industry, and with that knowledge comes a product that’s built to last. With continuous innovation, you can choose from the very latest gadgets and extras to build a bespoke hot tub to fully enhance your experience.

Inherited a hot tub?

If you’ve recently moved into a property with a hot tub in the garden, then lucky you! We’re confident you’ll enjoy many years of happy bathing. But what if your vision of a spa sanctuary looks more frog pond than bubbling bliss? No need to panic! With the help of some magic chemicals, a shiny new filter and a touch of elbow grease, within just a few hours we transform any neglected algae-filled swamp into a crystal-clear lagoon.

Keeping your tub protected

A quality hot tub cover is essential for keeping heat trapped in. If your cover is sagging or damaged, then we can easily order in a replacement for you. If the outer cabinetry is damaged we can help with restoration. We handle all repairs to the outer cabinet, including re-coating or replacing as necessary.

If you need help moving a hot tub or swim spa, we’d love to help. Simply get in touch with us and we’ll let you know how we can help.

Prepare your hot tub for winter

How to prepare your hot tub for winter

Looking for advice on the best way to prepare your hot tub for winter?

If last season’s winter was anything to go by, there’ll be another harsh, cold and drawn out winter ahead with snow and sub-zero temperatures in the forecast. We’re hoping the Beast from the East doesn’t make another appearance but who knows, we may have to prep for another cold one!

We can imagine you’ve enjoyed your hot tub or swim spa all summer long.

It’s served you well through the long warm summer evenings you’ve had fun soaking up the rays in the sunshine. But as autumn is fully in swing and the weathers on the change, how do you know whether your hot tub is fit for the winter ahead?

Tis the season best for tubbing!

The combination of steam rising from the hot water and the frost in the air offers a great sense of wellbeing, providing numerous benefits for body and mind.
So hot tubbers, don’t even think about closing it down for the season! Protect the longevity of your hot tub before the weather worsens and take some time to prepare your hot tub for winter. Have a read of our simple maintenance steps and keep your tub functioning to optimum levels the whole winter long.

How to prepare your hot tub for winter

• Do a full water change before the weather turns and it’s too cold for you to be outside!
• You may wish to increase the water temperature in cooler times
• Ensure all vents are closed to keep the warmth inside the cabinet
• Check your cover for signs of wear and tear – a properly fitting cover with no cracks or tears will keep the heat in and running costs down. Remember to check all straps and buckles so that the seal is effective as possible from winds.

Ongoing Winter Tips

• During winter, keep an eye on the level of the water. If levels become too low the pumps/pipes could start freezing causing extensive damage.
• If we are lucky to have snowfall this winter then ensure you brush off any snow from the top of the cover, and clear surrounding paths, gritting as necessary.
• Keep an eye on water chemistry levels as you usually would.

Built to last

As all Hydropool products are Canadian made, they’re built to withstand the harshest of conditions. If you’re not confident about how to prepare your hot tub for winter and would like our experts to fully check over your hot tub for winter, then please contact us. Better still, sign up to our Annual Servicing Package including preparation for summer and winter. Sit back and relax in the knowledge we have your hot tub fully maintained all year long.