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What are the proper chemical ranges for a hot tub?

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Chemical Ranges for Your Hot Tub

These are the guidelines from the National Swimming Pool Foundation.  When testing your hot tub, used these.  If you have a question, contact HydroCare Pools & Spas.

Parameter

Min.

Ideal

Max.

Free Chlorine, ppm

2.0

3.0-5.0

10.0

Combined Chlorine, ppm

0

0

0.5

Total Bromine, ppm

2.0

4.0-6.0

10.0

pH

7.2

7.4-7.6

7.8

Total Alkalinity, ppm

60

80-100* 100-120**

180

Total Dissolved Solids, ppm

NA

NA

1,500 over start-up

Calcium Hardness, ppm as CaCO3

100

150-250

800

Heavy Metals

None

None

None

Visible Algae

None

None

None

Bacteria

None

None

Local code

Cyanuric Acid, ppm (if used)

0

30-50

***

Temperature, °F



Personal preference

104°F

Ozone, ppm





0.1 over 8-hr.
time wtd. avg.



* For spas sanitized with calcium hypochlorite, lithium hypochlorite, or sodium hypochlorite
** For spas sanitized with sodium dichlor, trichlor, BCDMH, or chlorine gas
*** Dictated by state or local codes. Typically 100 ppm. (Some codes higher, others lower.)
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Electrical Problems with Your Spa

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Short-CircuitIf you have an electrical problem with your Hot Tub or Spa, more than likely your GFCI trips when you turn on the power

If you have a new hot tub, it was probably installed incorrectly. Call your hot tub dealer and have them take a look at it.

Here are some steps to take if you are experiencing electrical problems with your Spa.

Isolate the problem

Turn off the power and unplug the heater from the control box. You may also need to remove the wires leading to the heating element.
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Jetted Tub - Buying Tips

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jetted-tub-modern-bathroomBefore you make the final purchase of your whirlpool tub (jetted tub) be sure you ask (and answer) the following questions. 

And remember, if you already have a whirlpool tub and it needs repair, give us a call.

What are the most important features?

  • Tub Dimensions
  • Adjustable Jet Flow
  • Number of Jets
  • Color Options
  • Control Types (manual, Electrical)
  • Heater
  • Jet Type (air, water, both)
  • Lighting
  • Number of Occupants
  • Material (Fiberglass, acrylic, other)
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Cool Off In Your Hot Tub

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Staying-cool-in-a-hot-tubMost needlessly stop using their Hot Tub when the summer temperatures rise.

Your hot tub can actually be the best place to cool-off during a heat wave.

Put your spa in cool-water mode, or just reduce the temperature setting to 85°F or less.  You can also turn the heater off.  With the cover off and air jets running, the water temperature will drop quickly.

To maintain a reduced water temperature, keep your hot tub covered during sunny days.  Then run the hot tub with the cover off. This will cool the water!  Because water heats slower than the outside air.

A Cool Hot Tub Saves Energy

Without the costs of the heater, your hot tub will only cost pennies a day. 

So when the temperature rises, use your valuable investment and enjoy your spa as a cool-down soak.


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Ideas for your next pool party for the kids.

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bright-beach-accessoriesPlan a Party for the Kids

Let the youngsters make a splash at a backyard bash complete with swimming, games, and delicious finger foods.

Spread the Word - Invite your guests to your watering hole with an aquatic theme.  Here is a simple idea? Write the party details in permanent marker on rubber swim caps.

Set aside small beach pails filled with an inflatable beach ball, a squirt gun, and Swedish Fish for party favors.

No pool? No problem. Set up an inflatable pool or a sprinkler for the kiddies to splash around in. But Hydrocare does not sell inflateable pools - no problem.

No Fuss Food - Make the menu is easy for you and simple for your guests.  Try finger foods:
  • Fish-shaped crackers
  • Chicken Fingers
  • Pigs in a Blanket
  • Ice Cream Sandwiches

And don't forget to plan a Party for the Adults


Call us today and get your pool started for the party to come.