Spa Water Care
Testing your spa water
Testing is simple! All you need is some water test strips.
What you’re testing for:
- Balancing your pH is important for ensuring the spa water is comfortable for you to be in, while also preventing damage to the equipment. The pH level for your spa water should be sitting around 7.4–7.6.
- High pH levels (above 7.6) can cause scale build-up on the equipment, clog the filter and cause less effective sanitation.
- LowpHlevels(below7.4)cancausecorrosion to spa equipment, discomfort to the spa user and rapid dissipation of sanitiser.
- Total Alkalinity (TA) acts as a buffer against any rapid changes of pH levels. Maintaining appropriate Total Alkalinity levels will ensure all your spa chemicals are working efficiently, while remaining at their optimal balance. Your Total Alkalinity should be between 80-150.
- If Total Alkalinity levels are too low (below 80), it can cause the pH to become unstable, leading to a whole host of problems – including corrosive scale build- up on your spa and its equipment.
- High Total Alkalinity (above 150) can cause cloudy water and scale build-up.
- Your spa is susceptible to bacteria and viruses that find their way into the water. Spa water provides the perfect conditions for a whole host of microorganisms that can be harmful. Luckily, water sanitisers provide the perfect solution—they can kill the nasty bacteria and viruses, and keep your spa water clean all season long.
- The amount of sanitiser required will change depending on how often you use the spa, how many people are using the spa and the temperature of the water. As a general rule, the higher the frequency of use, the more sanitiser required.
- Addsanitiserattheendofthedayafterthe spa was used.
- Once your spa is up and running for the season, ongoing maintenance is relatively simple.
- Keep the water circulating each day and remove any contaminants from the waterline.
- Test your pH and Alkalinity once a week and adjust if required.
- Clean your filter once every two weeks to remove any debris.