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Spring Cleaning: 6 Tips for a Healthy and Clean Spa or Pool
It’s springtime! If you own a spa or pool, chances are that you’re starting to think about giving it a deep clean to prepare for the warmer months ahead. Maintaining a clean spa or pool enhances your outdoor experience and spa aesthetic, but more importantly, a clean spa is important for your health and the longevity of the spa itself. Over time, your spa can accumulate bacteria, debris, and other harmful pollutants, which can result in skin irritation, respiratory issues, and infections. Additionally, proper cleaning and maintenance can help extend the lifespan of your spa and avoid costly repairs down the line. A thorough cleaning is a win all around!
As your local experts on all things pools and spas, Emerald Pool and Patio has put together some tips to help you get your spa in tip-top shape for the season.
Spa Maintenance 101: How Do You Drain, Clean, and Refill a Hot Tub?
First and foremost, it’s important to drain and refill your spa every three to four months. This not only helps to remove any buildup of contaminants that may have accumulated over time, but it also ensures that the water is fresh and free of any impurities. Before you begin draining, we recommend using a jet cleaning product such as Jet Clean by Leisure Time, which keeps spa and jetted tub plumbing clear of organics, oils, dirt, and minerals to prevent buildup that can restrict water flow and damage equipment.
Once you’re ready to drain your spa, remember to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Some spas may have specific instructions for draining, such as removing certain parts or using a pump to remove the water. Generally, however, draining a spa simply involves turning off the power and opening the drain valve.
Once the spa is empty, use a non-abrasive cleaner and a soft sponge to clean the surface and cavity of the spa. Be sure to get those hard-to-reach areas such as jets, corners, and crevices. Rinse thoroughly with water to remove any cleaning product and residue. Dry with a clean, soft cloth. Once your spa is clean and dry, it’s ready to be refilled and enjoyed!
By using a spa cleaner to clean your hot tub’s surface regularly, you can prolong the life of your spa and ensure that it remains in excellent condition for years to come. At Emerald Pool and Patio, we carry a variety of spa cleaners that are specifically designed to clean the surface of a hot tub when it’s drained. These cleaners are formulated to remove dirt, grime, and other residues that can accumulate on the surface of a hot tub over time. We highly recommend Off The Wall by BioGuard, which is suitable for all spa surfaces!
At Emerald Pool & Patio, we also offer the service of draining, cleaning, and refilling spas for customers! So, if you prefer leaving your cleaning to the pros, call our store to schedule an appointment today!
How Do I Keep My Hot Tub Filters Clean?
Emerald Pool and Patio, we recommend cleaning spa filters at least once a month, depending on usage. Neglecting the filter can lead to clogging, which can result in decreased water flow and increased strain on the pump and other components, which can ultimately lead to costly repairs.
To clean your spa filters, simply remove them from the spa and rinse them with a hose. For a deeper clean, we recommend soaking them in a filter-cleaning solution. Soaking provides a deeper clean than a rinse, which is especially important for spas that are used frequently. After soaking your filters, make sure the filters are thoroughly rinsed and allowed to dry completely before reinserting them into the spa.
Emerald Pool and Patio carries a variety of spa filter cleaners from top brands, such as BioGuard Strip Kwik, which works on all filter types and breaks down oil, grease, and other contaminants that may accumulate and get blocked in your filters. Think of these cleaners as a shampoo for your spa that ensures optimal water quality and reduces maintenance costs.
In addition to cleaning, you will need to fully replace your filters at least once a year. At Emerald Pool & Patio, we carry a variety of filter options, and can help customers like you find the right fit for your spa! Contact our team today – Our experts can help you choose the right filters and cleaner for your specific spa and usage needs.
Test, Test, Test! Why is PH Balance Important in a Hot Tub?
Another important aspect of spa maintenance is checking the chemical balance of the water. This involves monitoring the levels of chlorine or bromine, pH, alkalinity, and calcium hardness. Keeping these levels balanced is essential for the health and safety of those using the spa, as well as for the overall longevity of the spa.
To maintain proper chemical balance, we recommend using a spa test kit. This will help you to regularly check the levels of the different chemicals in your spa and adjust as needed. At Emerald Pool and Patio, our team of experts can help you select the right test kit for your specific spa and usage needs. We carry test strips for your spa, from top brands such as BioGuard, which are reliable and easy to use. No matter which top brand you choose to go with, any spa test kit from Emerald Pool and Patio allow you to have peace of mind knowing that your spa water is safe and healthy for you and your loved ones. Or, you can bring your water into either of our locations at Emerald Pool and Patio and we can test your water for you, so you don’t have to worry about the hassle of testing yourself! Contact us today for details!
How Do You Manage Chemicals in a Hot Tub?
After testing your pH, you might find you need to adjust your hot tub’s chemical balance but aren’t sure where to start. It’s important to note that high levels of certain chemicals can cause skin irritation and other health issues, while low levels can lead to bacterial growth and other problems. Luckily, Emerald Pool and Patio offers a variety of spa chemical balancing products to help avoid damage to your equipment and keep your spa in perfect condition!
One of the most important chemical balancers for your spa is pH. The pH level of your spa water determines how acidic or alkaline it is. See the previous section of this article to learn how to test your spa’s pH level. If the pH level is too low (acidic), it can cause eye and skin irritation. If it’s too high (alkaline), it can cause scaling and cloudy water. To maintain the correct pH balance, Emerald Pool and Patio offers several products, including SpaGuard pH Increaser, which helps to raise the pH level of your spa water and protects equipment from corrosion due to low pH. Another great option is the SpaGuard Spa Sentry – contact us today to see if this is a good fit for your spa!
Another important chemical balancer for your hot tub is alkalinity. Alkalinity is the water’s ability to resist changes in pH. If you’re needing to boost your spa’s alkaline levels, look no further than SpaGuard Total Alkalinity Increaser or Leisure Time Alkalinity Increaser. These products are designed to help raise the total alkalinity levels in spa water, stabilizing pH and improving overall water quality. Chat with one of our professionals for more details if you have questions!
Make a Splash with Spa Chemicals – How Do I Keep My Spa Water Clean and Clear?
Emerald Pool and Patio offers a wide variety of hot tub cleaners to keep your water clean, clear, and safe. From chlorine and bromine, we have everything you need to maintain a healthy and enjoyable swimming or spa experience. Our chemical products are carefully selected from trusted brands in the industry, ensuring that you receive the highest quality products available.
One of the most popular cleaners is chlorine, such as our SpaGuard Chlorine Line, which is essential for killing bacteria and other harmful organisms in pool and spa water. We offer both granular and tablet forms of chlorine, depending on your preferences and needs. We also carry bromine, which is an effective alternative to chlorine and is often preferred by those with sensitive skin. Be sure to stop by your local Emerald Pool and Patio store to check out our top picks!
We have so many options when it comes to spa chemicals and keeping your spa clean and comfortable. Not sure where to start or what you need? Our experienced staff is happy to help walk you through any questions you might have about spa chemicals and cleaning products. Stop by our store today for assistance!
Cover Your Spa, Protect Your Investment: Why is a Spa Cover Important?
In addition to regular maintenance, it’s important to also consider investing in a spa cover. This will not only help to keep the water clean and prevent debris from entering the spa, but it can also help to retain heat and save on energy costs.
At Emerald Pool and Patio, we have the best top-quality spa covers from different manufacturers, including custom-made covers to fit specific spa models. Our staff can help you choose the right cover for your spa based on your needs and budget. We also offer installation and maintenance services for spa covers, to ensure proper fit and function.
In addition to spa covers, Emerald Pool and Patio carries a variety of pool and spa accessories to make maintenance easier and more efficient. From automatic pool cleaners to pool brushes and skimmers, we have everything you need to keep your pool or hot tub in top condition. If you’re interested in purchasing any of these items, you can visit the Emerald Pool and Patio website or contact our staff at your local store for more information.
Effortlessly Refresh and Renew Your Spa this Spring
While spring cleaning your hot tub may seem like a daunting task, it’s important for both your health and the longevity of your spa. However, there is a way to ensure that your spa remains in top condition for years to come, while not spending all of your time and energy worrying about keeping it clean. At Emerald Pool and Patio, we strongly advocate the value of investing in the right tools and accessories for your spa. This investment in quality products ultimately saves you time, allowing you to fully enjoy the luxurious and comfortable spa experience without worrying about maintenance or repairs.
At Emerald Pool and Patio, we offer everything under the sun to meet your spa’s specific needs to keep it well-maintained. Plus, our knowledgeable staff at Emerald Pool and Patio is always available to answer any questions and provide guidance on the best products for your spa. So, visit us today and let us help you keep your patio hot tub sparkling clean and healthy so that you can spend less time worrying and more time relaxing in your perfect backyard oasis!