Hot Tub Water Test Kits and Test Strips

Spa Breeze ChemicalsTesting spa water is simple with either a water test kit for chlorine based spas or test strips for chlorine or bromine based spas.

A water test kit is preferred by some as it is said to be more accurate, but the test strips to an equally fine job of alerting the spa owner to a chemical imbalance in the hot tub.

A water test kit comes with a dual chamber plastic vile with level readouts. On one side, a test for chlorine is done by adding 5 drops of OTO to the water sample. On the other side, the test for water pH is done by adding 5 drops of phenol red to a sample of hot tub water filled to the fill line.

The caps are put on and the viles are shaken up to get the correct readout.  Then adjust the water’s sanitizer and pH levels.

Water test strips usually come in viles of 50 strips per container and they come in all sorts of different configurations.  A popular test strip is the one that has 4 tests – chlorine, bromine, pH and alkalinity.  Of course it won’t test for both chlorine and bromine because you should be using either bromine or chlorine as the sanitizer, never mixing the two.  But this allows hot tub owners of both bromine and chlorine based spas to purchase the same test strip without worrying about it in case they eventually want to switch sanitizer after a water change, or to just not worry about being sure they purchased the correct test strip.

The pH levels on the test strip will indicate over/under and allow for adjustment to within the 7.2-7.6 range.  Some suggest it is ok to go as far as 7.8 pH and still be ok.

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Keep test strips in a dry place to be sure they do not get moist which can affect readings from the test strip. Follow directions on the container they come in and take the reading right away after dipping the test strip in the water as the colors can change over time after the test is taken.

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Water Problems in a Hot Tub

hot tub spa chemicalsGeneral water problems in a hot tub can be avoided by being sure there is enough sanitizer in the water (bromine or chlorine – never mix the two) and that the pH level is between 7.2-7.6. A water test kit or test strips can be used to monitor hot tub water health.

If water problems such as foaming, bad smell and cloudiness occur, it is important to understand some basics so the treatment does not increase the problem.

First of all, hot water scents and aromatherapy fragrances should not be used to mask hot tub odors that may be caused by poor water chemistry as the problem is still there and can be addressed head on by using a shock treatment in the water with a non-chlorine shock.

Similarly, foam problems are not solved by a de-foaming. These products can reduce the foam in the spa so it can be used, but the underlying problem of why the spa is foaming needs to be addressed.  Are bathing suits or hair full of shampoo, soaps or oils?  If so, it is best to shower off before getting into the spa.

Foaming is a result of poor pH (outside the ideal range of 7.2-7.6) but also too many TDS or total dissolved solids in the water.

There are products that bind/coagulate particulates in the water so that they can end up in the filter.  See Hot Tub Outpost for details on the right hot tub chemicals for your spa.

To maintain a hot tub, you will need to regularly test the water.

Having a dirty filter puts a lot of stress on the pump. The pump has to work a lot harder to pull water through the filter.  Cleaning a filter and switching it out is a better way to keep the chemicals working right and also more economical.

The pH is important in the spa and should be held between 7.2-7.6.

Check the water 3x a week using the Monday-Wednesday-Friday hot tubwater care program at Hot Tub Outpost.

hot tub chemicalsFor sanitizer, either chlorine or bromine is used.

A pre-filter can also help eliminate contaminants and take out rust and iron while refilling the spa before it gets in the hot tub water in the first place.

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Hot Tub PH and Chemical Maintenance

chemical for maintaining hot tubGetting the chemicals balanced in the hot tub does not have to be a chore.  Using the Monday-Wednesday-Friday program, spa water maintenance is easy.

Some things to be aware of about pH and hot tubs.

The pH scale goes from 0 to 14 with pH of 7 being neutral.  Anything higher than 7 is base and lower than 7 is acid.

Low pH Problems

Running the spa with low pH is very bad for the hot tub and can cause equipment damage.  Problems with pump seals, o-rings, gaskets, heaters and pumps as well as leaks may be a result of operating the hot tub with water that has low pH.  The solution is to keep an eye on the pH level with test strips and add Spa Up or PH increaser to maintain the 7.4-7.6 ideal pH range.

High pH Problems

This can put mineral deposits on the shell and make your spa feel like sandpaper.  High pH can cause calcium carbonate to precipitate creating a white coating all over the spa.

Operating a spa with high pH also causes cloudy water and is not good for the spa.

Ideal pH Range

The ideal range to maintain hot tub water in is between 7.2-7.6.  Better is between 7.4-7.6 just so there is no danger in the spa slipping into acid water mode below 7 pH.

Have Spa Up and Spa Down on hand and add whichever one is needed to keep the pH in the ideal range.

What about Sanitizer?maintaining a hot tub

This is the other very important chemical for maintaining hot tub water.  Be sure to have enough bromine or chlorine in the water.  The amount of sanitizer can be somewhat reduced if using either a bromine salt system or ozonator.  If using a mineral stick, they can also be reduced, but never eliminated.

QCA Spas has a chemical dispenser for tablets right inside the filter and the amount of bromine or chlorine added can be regulated on the device.  Alternatively a floater can be used to dose bromine or chlorine.

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Where to Buy Hot Tub Chemicals

Once you’ve purchased the prefect hot tub for your backyard oasis, you’ll want to enjoy it as often as you can. Having a spa right in your home can afford you great convenience by being able to use it whenever you want, all year round. In order to continue to get enjoyment from your spa, you need to buy hot tub chemicals to maintain the cleanliness and safety of the tub’s water. Having properly maintained water through the use of these chemicals is best for both the spa’s occupants and the actual hot tub itself.

How Do Hot Tub Chemicals Work?

The main reason for placing chemicals in the hot tub is to make sure the water is kept clean, clear, safe and free of harmful bacteria and micro-organisms. Maintaining a certain chemical balance is essential to have safe water to soak in. Certain elements should be measured on a regular basis, such as the pH level, the calcium levels, and the alkaline levels. If one of these components is not in proper balance, the water can suffer. It can become cloudy, and develop green algae. On the other hand, the water’s chemical makeup can cause irritation to people’s skin and eyes.

What Types of Hot Tub Chemicals are Best?

Chemicals used to keep spa water healthy include chlorine and bromine, which tend to be the most popular chemicals for spas and hot tubs. These chemicals work by creating an oxidizing layer in the water which assists in killing harmful bacteria, fungus and other microorganisms. These chemicals purify the water and the tub entirely. It is essential that these chemicals are added to the water at appropriate intervals and levels to make sure the water is kept clean and safe, and chemical levels are kept in proper ranges.

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When you need to buy hot tub chemicals for your spa, visit HotTubOutpost.com for a vast selection of chemicals and other tools necessary to keep your tub operating at optimal level, and to maximize your enjoyment of your own personal hot tub. Take advantage of their factory direct prices, and their wide selection of pool and spa chemicals, or even bulk spa supplies today!

Buy Pool Spa Chemicals From a Reputable Supplier

A swimming pool or a hot tub is great to have in your backyard for easy and convenient fun for you and the whole family. In order to maintain your pool and spa properly, one of the most important things you need to do is apply the proper amount of pool chemicals to ensure the water is clean, clear, and safe for you and your family to swim in. Testing the pool or spa water’s chemical levels is the only way to ensure that you have the proper amount of chemicals in the water to keep it free of germs and bacteria that can lurk in the water if it is not treated properly. It is important to keep a water test kit or test strips to check the water levels.

When you need to buy pool spa chemicals, consider your options. The most common chemical to treat water is chlorine, and has been for years. Another very common chemical for the spa or pool water is bromine. Either one of these types of chemicals is great for treating and cleaning the water to make it safe for occupancy.

These chemicals are made up of varying chemical compositions, which essentially stops the growth of bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. In addition, they are able to break down all sorts of matter within the water and prevent any contamination. These chemicals are safe for people’s skin, hair and eyes, which makes them ideal solutions to keep water clean while still allowing people to enjoy the pool or spa.

Testing the pool water is essential to make sure the pH, alkaline and calcium levels are within balance. Failure to keep these factors within proper ranges can result in green algae growth, or a cloudy appearance of the water. An off balance of certain levels can irritate the skin, and allow harmful bacteria to invade the water. In addition to permitting the water to become unpleasant, improper balances of these levels can potentially cause damage to the liner, filter and pump.

When you are ready to buy pool spa chemicals, shop online at a reputable dealer and supplier like HotTubOutpost.com for the lowest prices, wide selection of products, and outstanding customer service. You can save money and enjoy the convenience of having your pool or hot tub chemicals delivered right to your door. Check out their accessories as well, to make your pool or spa even more enjoyable.