The difference the right chemicals can make for your spa

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Purchasing a spa can bring a wonderful sense of luxury and relaxation to your home, but a spa is only as good as the chemicals you put in it. Many spa owners aren’t knowledgeable about water quality and maintenance and about the best way to care for their new spa. However, treating the water can quickly become an easy part of your routine, and having the right chemicals makes all the difference.

Treat specific water conditions

Water varies greatly between geographic areas, meaning that spa maintenance is not a one-size-fits-all problem. Different chemicals are suited to different types of water and creating the right chemical makeup in your spa. As you learn how to evaluate the condition of your water, you’ll start to understand how the treatment chemicals can balance and clean your spa. Our chemicals are formulated specifically for the types of extreme water conditions most often experienced in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin, taking any would-be guesswork off your hands.

Keep your spa in mint condition

Spa chemicals have an important job in treating the water quality while also tackling problems like surface scum and cleaning the mechanical components of your spa. Some chemicals may be too harsh, more quickly wearing down the components, while others may not kill off enough bacteria in the water to maintain water clarity. Finding a set of spa chemicals that are specially formulated to tackle all these maintenance problems cohesively can be challenging, but the right chemicals will keep your spa looking and functioning great.

Make spa chemistry easy

Understanding the chemistry behind your spa’s cleanliness can be intimidating at first, but it really only comes down to understanding three basic concepts: alkalinity, pH, and sanitizer levels.

Alkalinity levels

The alkalinity of your water measures its capacity to neutralize the acids within the water. This is the first component of caring for your spa. You can easily test the alkalinity levels in your spa by dipping a test strip into the hot water. Ideally, your hot tub should fall in the range between 80 and 120 parts per million. If your water is above or below this range, you can then increase or decrease accordingly using alkalinity-specific chemicals. Bringing your spa’s water to the correct alkalinity level will assist you in maintaining the pH and sanitizer levels of your spa as well.

pH levels

The pH balance of your spa measures the water’s acidity and is the second component you’ll want to test when maintaining your spa. A high pH level indicates more acidic water while a low level indicates basic water. You can test your spa’s pH level with a simple test strip and use Nature’s Choice pH Up or pH Down to bring the pH level back to the ideal range of 7.2 to 7.6. An acidity level that is too high often causes irritation to eyes and can wear your spa’s mechanical components faster, while overly basic water can cause cloudiness and reduce the effectiveness of your sanitation.

Sanitizer levels

The last component of your spa’s water maintenance is sanitation. The warm water in spas can allow bacteria to grow if not properly sanitized, so this step is critical in keeping your water clear and safe. Most commonly, spas are sanitized using either Bromine or Chlorine chemicals. Bromine chemicals can be more expensive than chlorine up front, but tend to last longer. A test strip will indicate whether you’ll need to add a chemical sanitizer to your spa. If you do need to add a chemical, it’s best to consult spa experts to determine the best type of sanitizer for your water.

Maintain your spa warranty

One of the first places new spa owners often look for these chemicals is at big-box stores, but these are often the chemicals that cause damage over time to spa components. Spa manufacturers understand that certain chemicals are formulated to work seamlessly with your spa components. Due to this, many manufacturers require that you use a certain set of chemicals in order to maintain the warranty on your spa. You’ll be able to enjoy your spa for longer by using the recommended chemicals, and if you have any trouble with your spa, the manufacturer can help through your warranty. Make sure you check with your spa manufacturer to ensure you know the best chemicals for your spa and the details of your warranty.

Expert support when you need it

Our team is made up of spa experts, who are accustomed to dealing with the Minnesota and Wisconsin water and our own chemicals. This means that you have a support team available to answer all your questions and concerns. Our team can assist in determining the best chemicals for your spa and water conditions, and help troubleshoot your water quality if you’re having trouble.

Get Started with the Right Chemicals

Selecting the right chemicals for your spa can significantly improve the longevity and use of your spa. You’ll be able to relax for longer and spend less time worrying about the proper care and maintenance of your spa. Our Minneapolis hot tub experts are here to assist you in finding the best chemicals and maintenance plan for your situation. Contact us today for guidance or view our line of top-notch chemical products.