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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.

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.

Are hot tubs safe

Are hot tubs safe?

Here’s how to have fun and keep safe at the same time.

As you know, we love a quick dip in a hot tub (Hydropool branded ones only of course)! We want you to enjoy bathing in a hot tub and we’re committed to ensuring that you stay safe too.

So how can you ensure your hot tub is safe? You’ve probably read horrifying stories covering all manner of rashes, infections and dangers that can arise through improper use. Thankfully, it’s basic common-sense practices that ensure that your hot tub is safe and bacteria free.

Here’s all you need to know…

Have a shower

You know the ‘shower before you enter’ signs at the swimming pool? They’re not being rude and suggesting you suffer from poor hygiene! Having a quick rinse rids your body of surface germs and bacteria that jump on and hitch hike with you throughout the day. Showering before bathing is a quick and positive step to preventing germs entering your hot tub and a good message to heed home.

Infections, rashes and bacteria

We don’t want to raise unnecessary alarm bells or send you running for the moors, but a warm environment without the proper care is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Microbes can develop swiftly in the heat and spread rapidly to bathers. Hot tub rash (folliculitis), shigellosis, E-coli, cryptosporidium and Legionnaires disease are all nasties that can develop in a hot tub and cause serious issues, especially to more vulnerable users. Thankfully, it’s very simple to keep bacteria out of your hot tub and eradicate any danger of illness by ensuring it’s kept clean, making sure your hot tub is safe.

Looking after your hot tub is easy. Depending how much you use it, inspecting your hot tub just a couple of times a week will prevent any unpleasant microbes from developing. Also remember that the water in hot tub will need draining and replacing every so often. The frequency of this depends on the quality of the filtration system on the tub… it differs massively from brand to brand so be sure to ask if you haven’t yet bought your tub. Visit our hot tub buying mistakes page to discover more.

Yorkshire Hot Tubs also offers a variety of service packages to thoroughly clean all parts of your hot tub. Contact us for more information.

Prevent overheating by keeping the temperature of your hot tub sensible. 38 degrees Celsius is the recommended temperature, but we all know that in winter, you may prefer to crank it up. Help avoid the feeling of dizziness and dehydration by staying in for short periods and keeping well hydrated throughout. It’s also recommended that you avoid bathing in a hot tub immediately before bed to allow your body temperature time to decrease prior to settling down.

Keep a close eye on the kids

Children love the experience of being in a hot tub. That’s why the number one reason people buy hot tubs is to increase the quantity and quality of family time! However, it’s essential that kids are fully supervised during hot tub bathing to avoid the danger of drowning. Also keep an eye on how long they spend splashing around to avoid overheating.

Watch your step!

Water is slippery. Thousands of us end up at A&E with an injury after losing our footing. Take care and invest in a good set of hot tub steps if your tub is installed above ground. It’s also a great idea to keep a pair of flip flops out for going to and from the house.

If you’re still looking for your perfect hot tub and would like some advice on what’s right for you, please contact our friendly team. We’d love to hear from you.