6 Keys to Good & Easy Spa & Hot tub Care
Key 1 - Circulation
Good circulation in your pool means much more than filtering water - it's
getting all of the water in the spa or hot tub moving & through the filter.
Circulation is more than filter or pump turnover; its removing dead spots - you
know those areas where there's always some slime growing or where dirt & debris
seems to constantly accumulate.
The better the water is circulating, the better the filtration, the cleaner the
spa. In fact it typically takes more than FOUR turnovers to get all of the
water completely filtered.
Most of us see a typical hot tub & think,
"wow, look at all of that circulation." And, yes, there is. Between high &
low speed jets, multiple pumps, air blowers, water falls, etc, there should be
virtually 100% circulation. But there isn't. As in a swimming pool,
we're looking for turnover for filtration & treatment's sake.
In any spa or hot tub, when the high speed
jets are on, very little water is being filtered! That's right, most of
the "circulated" water is actually bypassing the filter (filters need slow or
slower moving to properly filter) & is shoved around the various jets.
Areas of poor circulation include
spa floor (especially at the "corner" of
the floor & wall),
filter wells (where the cartridge filter
generally is located),
the areas directly around or adjacent to
around drain fittings,
around light lenses,
under pillows, etc.
As you use your spa and move your body
around your spa, you aid in the circulation, thus eliminating these dead spots. This is also why regular wiping and cleaning is so important. Get inside
of that filter well just before draining & clean the whole area with a toilet
Dead spots are always in combinations. Here are the best cures to poor
hot tub water circulation & dead spots. And most of
the ideas won't even cost you a penny!
Use the spa. Move around - don't
sit in one place all of the time. Regular use of your spa is the
single best thing you can do to give it better circulation. Even as you enter
& exit the spa you change the circulation pattern!
Wipe. It's like brushing & flossing your
teeth. You know you have to do it. Wiping the spa walls at
least once a week (preferably twice) prevents biofilms from setting
roots and becoming a real headache in very little time.
Run the filter a minimum of 8 hours daily. Every day.
To save money & electricity,
use a timer
to turn the pump on & off and use multiple settings to spread out the time to
catch some of those "off-peak" electrical hours. Most spas are
"pre-programmed" to operate at least that many hours.
The 6 Keys typically take about 30 minutes or less to accomplish
each week. Yes, that's it! Just 30 minutes. Now you can enjoy your
pool more & actually work less. In the long run, you'll also spend less
time & money.
Remember, Par Pool & Spa is always able & ready to help if you
need us. Just stop by or give us a call. Always helpful, always friendly.
Some information contained in this
article is courtesy of the BioGuard Chem PLUS 2003, 2004, Chem College 2007 &
H2-Know 2011 Reference Guide.