Every hot tub owner knows that the one difficult aspect of hot tub ownership can be maintenance. You want the water to be clean when you get off work and are ready to get in. If the water is ignored, it will begin its devolution into primordial ooze.
Sullivan Waterworks offers bi-monthly maintenance to keep your water clean and ready for dipping. We net the debris, vacuum the sediment, clean the filter(s), balance the water, and clean the cover. We provide all the chemicals your tub may need and keep note of your Ozonator's recommended replacement time.
We also offer a recommended bi-annual "drain n' fill". We drain the tub, vacuum residual water from the plumbing, clean and refill the tub, then balance and shock the water, clean the cover and do a full systems check.
If you are determined to do the maintenance yourself we offer chemicals, test strips, nets, vacuums, filters, and rubber duckies. We are also available if you have any questions whatsoever about hot tub maintenance. Just send an email or call:
Balancing your water is generally pretty easy. Doing it regularly is the hard part. It's easy to forget about your hot tub when you are not using it for a spell.
You will need some test strips, ph increaser (water in the bay area, generally, needs increaser), spa shock, and chlorine or bromine. Simply run a test strip through the water and observe the color. Compare the colors on your strip to the chart on the test strip tube. Most likely your ph will be low. Start with adding ph increaser by the tablespoon until you get it in the [OK] or [Ideal] range on the color chart on your test strips tube. If your alkalinity is still way out, you can get either alkalinity increaser or decreaser. (Generally not necessary).
Next you will add the appropriate amount of sanitizer (chlorine or bromine). If you do this before the ph and/or alkalinity test, you will get an inaccurate reading. If you have an ozonator you may not need to add as much as the strip says. Add by the teaspoon until desired amount is reached.
Every hot tub has different gallonage, different environment, and different users. Every tub is going to be a little particular about its chemical cocktail. If you have a lot of kids for instance, you will find that your tub needs more chlorine. A certain tree in your yard may make ph balancing a little tough during a certain time of year etc......
However, I will in the near future post some chemical/gallonage specs.
And remember, keep a routine!