Commercial Pool Maintenance Problems

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commercial-pool-maintenance-connecticutRecreational facilities managers have a lot to worry about. They are responsible for maintenance, safety, supplies, employees, and often they are responsible for managing multiple facilities.

Because the maintenance manager is responsible for multiple activities and venues, the pool may be neglected for a short period of time.  And without a watchful eye on the pool, water quality can degrage quickly.

Hydrocare Pools and Spas provides comercial pool maintenance to help the facility manager manage.

As a quick guide, there are four critical areas that Hydrocare covers. As a result, commercial pool managers can be assured these major maintenance issues will not cost them time or create unhappy visitors and patrons.


Ensuring proper filtration and circulation throughout the whole pool is critical to maintaining water clarity. Without regular maintenance of the filter and filter components, poor filtration will eventually require more chemicals and maintenance time.

SwimEx Spa Service and Repair

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Swim spa makers have been coming and going for a long time. They have the same issues as regular portable spas. Pumps, seals, jets springing leaks, heater elements, swtiches and electronics, expensive to repair...

A swim spa is a real pool with similar care requirements.  When you make the SwimEx decision, you need to be sure there is a licensed repair company. 

HydroCare provides SwimEx technicians to your home or business as far away Ohio and also around the corner here in Connecticut.

The seasons are changing so you need to be sure your SwimEx spa is ready for action.

Contact us for a SwimEx quote.


How to eliminate the mildew smell.

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smelling-armpitsKeeping your hot tub covered for long periods of time can produce a musty or mildew smell on your cover after a time.

That’s why it’s important to keep your cover clean and free of these odors.

To help prevent this mildew smell, use a small amount of bleach (10%) added to water (90%) and wipe down the bottom of the hot tub cover every 60-90 days. This will help prevent your cover from getting that musty smell that everyone dislikes.

How to close your hot tub for winter

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Steps to Prepare and Winterize Your Hot Tub

If you are heading South for the winter or if you want to close your tub, follow these simple steps.  If you take the time now, your hot tub will be ready for the sprintime.

If you do not have time, please call us and we'll stop by and close your tub or pool for you.  We service your areas.  Contact us today.

Pre-Clean the Hot Tub

  1. Be before emptying the hot tub, add a degreaser to remove oils from skin and bath products. These can build up in the pipes and jets.  Do this at least one day before you clost your hot tub.
  2. Insert an underwater pump into the tub to remove old spa water

Clean All the Vents and Filters

  1. Extract the filter cartridge from the hot tub skimmer. Be sure to clean all around the skimmer.
  2. Give us a call HydroCare for the best cleaner and soak the filter in water mixed with a filter cleaner to dissolve oils and built-up sediment. Rinse well and set aside. 
  3. Remove any remaining water with a shop vac.
  4. Replace the cartridge filter into the skimmer.

Cleaning Tips for Your Hot Tub

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Tips From Hydrocare Pools And Spas To Help Keep Your Hot Tub Clean

The hot tub vinyl cover is best cleaned and conditioned by following this step-by-step method:
  1. remove the cover and spray it lightly with a garden hose to loosen any dirt or debris that might have accumulated.
  2. using a mild soap solution (1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid with 2 gallons water) or baking soda, scrub the vinyl in a circular motion with a large sponge.
  3. Promptly rinse with a garden hose. Rinse the bottom of the cover (do not use soap), and wipe it clean with a dry rag.

HINT: Shower without soap prior to entering the spa, and use only the rinse cycle when laundering your bathing suit, helps avoid detergent and soap residue in the spa water.

To clean the hot tub insert or shell, get a mild non-abrasive, non-foaming cleaner and a very soft rag or nylon scrubber.  Use these to remove dirt build-up.

Use baking soda for minor surface cleaning.

Spa pillows can be removed and cleaned by following the instructions in your Owner's Manual.

Clean Your Hot Tub Filter Cartridges

Your spa filter cartridges can become clogged with mineral particles or calcification from hard water.  This may result in reduced water flow.

We recommend that you clean your filter cartridges every month. Using a garden hose, spray each cartridge and rotate while spraying to thoroughly remove any debris lodged between the filter pleats. Contact us for the best Filter Cleaner products that match your filter.

Your filters should be replaced every three years with replacement filters from Hydrocare Pools and Spas.