Tag: hot tub maintenance

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.

Avoid heat loss

How can you avoid heat loss from your hot tub?

In cooler weather, you may be conscious of the running costs of your hot tub.

The last thing you want at this time of year is unnecessary heat loss from your tub that can increase your electric bills.
Thankfully, with a Hydropool hot tub there are several innovative features to help retain the precious heat produced and avoid heat loss. You’ll save pennies so you can enjoy worry-free bathing the whole winter long.

Good quality cover

Perhaps the most important feature of your hot tub is a good quality cover. 80% of heat loss is through a poorly manufactured cover, so it pays in the long run to invest in a high-quality product that secures the heat. As heat naturally rises, the Hydrowise Thermal Shield hard cover offers unbeatable protection against heat loss when your tub is not in use. An insulated baffle in the fold area also helps avoid heat loss. This clever technology locks the heat in and stop cold air entering the tub.

Choose superior insulation

All Hydropool tubs and spas are manufactured using Nasa inspired insulation in the cabinet for minimum heat loss. Triple thermal shield technology insulation and aluminium foil reflects heat back into the tub area. In addition, black backing around the pipes maximises heat absorption.

Guarding against heat loss

It makes sense that by far the biggest heat loss period is through using your tub at the coldest times of the year. Thankfully for heat loss prevention, Hydropool have created a patented heat exchange system.

  • Eco heat exchange technology. Fully adjustable HydroWise venting for Summer and Winter
  • Motor waste heat recycled – eco-heat exchange venting expels heat in the summer and traps heat in the winter
  • Fully programmable controls. Turn down the heat when you know your hot tub will not be used. Turn up the heat when it’s frequently used.

In fact, Hydropool are ranked in the top three for the most energy efficient tubs on the market.

Screening around your tub

No-one enjoys hot tubbing in a wind tunnel! Think about the prevailing wind direction when planning the position of your tub and design your garden to protect your tub from the elements. Planting climbers or fast-growing shrubs will provide a natural wind break. The addition of a gazebo will also help shield your tub. Not only will taking these steps prevent cooler air from reaching your tub, but they will also provide privacy.

Give the jets a rest

When you turn on the jets, air is pushed through which lowers the overall temperature of your tub. One way of conserving heat is to use the jets less during bathing in the winter.

Filter Cartridges and Plumbing

Proper hot tub maintenance in the winter also helps conserve heat. Look after your filters by ensuring they are cleaned as often as needed. A clogged filter will affect the performance of your tub and use more energy maintaining the desired temperature.

If you would like help maintaining your hot tub, then give the experts at Yorkshire Hot Tubs a call to book in a service appointment.

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 hot tub for summer

Prepare your hot tub for summer 🌞

Ok, so recently it’s been a bit of a washout, but here at YHT HQ we’re getting excited about a long summer of hot tubbing ahead!

You may have already scrubbed the BBQ, swept the patio and dusted off the sun lounger but may not have thought you have to prepare your hot tub for summer.

Luckily there are a few simple tasks you can perform that will ensure zero down-time this season. You can sit back and look forward to a full summer of interrupted bathing.

Spick and span

The most obvious way can prepare your hot tub for summer is to give it a good spring clean. A great way to start is by completely draining your tub. If it’s been a while then an intensive pipe flush such as our EzSysytem Flush is a great idea. Give the shell a good wipe with a non-bleach all-purpose solution. You can then concentrate on the filter. Remove and soak in a solution or for best results, use Instant filter Nu. If the filter has seen better days, then ensure you call us to order an approved replacement.

Adding the correct amount of chemicals and allowing the tub to come up to temperature is the next step. Once it’s up to the optimum temperature, your tub will be fully sanitised and ready for the summer season ahead. As always, if you need any advice on which chemicals to use, then please contact our team for some helpful advice.

And if it sounds like too much hard work why not book a service from us by one of our lovely engineers Nick and Mark who will do it all for you! Just call the showroom to book.

What’s the damage?

During a cold winter your hot tub experiences hidden stresses and strains behind the cabinetry. Regularly checking the interior is a vital part of hot tub ownership. Any signs of damage to the parts need to be identified swiftly to preserve the overall longevity of your tub. Carry out visuals of the seals, pipes and shell to check if any cracks have appeared. Replace any parts as necessary. We handle services and repairs of many hot tub brands, so contact our technicians to carry out a full inspection of your tub if you’re concerned.

Cover check

When the weather is warm your hot tub won’t use as much energy to keep the temperature consistent. You’ll still need to periodically check your hot tub cover is in good condition though.

  • Check and clean the vinyl top and underside with a non-bleach cleaning solution
  • Check for damage or cracks to the vinyl underside
  • Ensure all clips are functioning properly creating an effective seal.

Cool it

On really hot summer days you’ll be searching for ways to cool down. For a refreshing dip, you may want to reduce the temperature of your hot tub. Bathing in a 40 degree tub when it’s already hot outside will leave you dehydrated and uncomfortable. No-one wants to exit a hot tub looking like a lobster! A cool 37 degrees will be enough to invigorate you. If you’re feeling brave you could even turn it down lower than body temperature for total refreshment.

Remember to enjoy your hot tub in short bursts during summer and stay hydrated by keeping a nice cool drink in your ice bucket. Turning down the temperature of your hot tub in summer when the ambient heat is higher will save energy too, meaning a more efficient hot tub.

If you’d like some assistance to ensure your hot tub looks ship-shape for summer, then give us a call. We’ll carry out a full service, drain, fill and chemical top-up to save you the hassle.