According to a Pool and Spa Marketing study, there are more than 7.3 million hot tubs in the United States. A well-constructed hot tub can last the owner 20 years or more, making them a great investment. However, sometimes hot tubs and spas can suffer damages that lower these lifespans. One of the most common is chemical damage.
Spas, unlike pools, are not very forgiving when it comes to chemical damages. This is because they’re up to 50 times smaller than a pool is. Hiring a hot tub service and maintenance company to treat chemical damages can be expensive, too. With those things in mind, you want to do everything in your power to avoid this issue. Here are a few ways you can avoid having chemical damages done to your spa:
Avoid Using Pool Chemicals
Spa manufacturers will often void their warranty if you try to use pool chemicals in your hot tub. These chemicals are rated for pools, meaning they have dosages meant for 10,000 gallons. You can easily make the mistake of over-dosing your spa with chemicals. Spas also use ounces for their dosages, while pools use pounds or similar large measurements. Only use spa-grade chemicals for your hot tub, for its benefit.
Don’t Buy Cheap Chemicals
Another thing you want to avoid is buying cheaply made chemicals. These have been flooding the market in the recent years, but you definitely don’t want to use them. These cheaper chemicals not only have a lower shelf life, but they also create side effects in the spa water chemistry. They can damage filters, pump seals, and the surfaces of the hot tub quite easily.
Stay Away From Biguanides
Biguanides are products that replace chlorine in a pool or hot tub. They can clog your filter, dry out your hose, and attack the hot tub’s walls. However, if you know the right dosages for this product, you can use them effectively. If you’re unfamiliar with these dosages and products, it is recommended that you avoid them at all costs.
Taking care of your hot tub is important, but you can’t rely on just any chemicals. Chemical damage can really affect your hot tub’s performance and lifespan. Keep what we said here in mind when performing your chemical maintenance and servicing.