Fresh HOT WATER Start-up Procedure for Chlorine or Bromine

When beginning with fresh water the following is recommended:

Add Stain and Scale per manufacturers directions. This will keep any metals, including iron, copper and magnesium from adhering to any of the equipment in the tub. Remember all water has some level of metals.

Use a non-chlorine shock with Bromine to bring up the level of the Bromine.  Bromine is a stabilized substance and needs a boost to kick in.
No shock is necessary with chlorine.

Check the water and based on the readings add the chemicals to balance chlorine or bromine, alkalinity, pH and calcium hardness. We do free water testing if you have any questions or just do not want to test yourself and remember to ask for a free water sample bottle.

Range If over range, add If under range, add
Chlorine 1.0-2.0 PPM Tap water Chlorine
Bromine 3.0-5.0 PPM Tap water Bromine, non-chlorine shock
pH 7.4-7.6 PH decreaser Alkalinity Increaser
Alkalinity 80-120 PPM PH decreaser PH Increaser
Calcium 200-400 Stain & Scale Control Calcium Hardness Increaser

Add chemicals in increments of 3 oz. with 30 minutes between each application.
Add directly to water with jets on high and air open.
Keep the cover off hot tub while adding chemicals.
Chemicals can be added to cold or warm water.

Chlorine or bromine, alkalinity and pH should be checked twice weekly.

Remember this is a good time to clean or replace your filter(s).
Soak in a filter cleaner over night, rinse well and let dry out before putting the filters back in the hot tub.
Filters last about 2 years if they are well taken care of.

Care & Maintenance of your hot tub cover – tips to make it last longer.

  1. Clean your hot tub cover when you drain and refill your spa.
    Use simple soap and water or cover cleaner to keep the cover free from dirt and stains. It is important to not only clean the outside, but clean the inside as well. It is easiest to remove the cover from the spa, stand it on end then wash and rinse away from the tub.
  2. At least once per year, unzip the cover at the seam and pull the foam out, rotate the foam so the top is now on the bottom and the bottom is on the top.
    This will help to keep the foam inside from warping under the weight of rain or snow and will help avoid low spots and puddles. At this time you can check for mold growth which can cause a smell. Mold is easily cleaned using the same method as noted above.
  3. Use a cover conditioner on the cover yearly after you have cleaned it with soap and water.
    This will help keep the vinyl outer cover supple and will help to weatherproof the stitching, etc. A good liquid car wax will work as well, be sure to let it dry and buff it to a shine.
  4. Be sure to maintain a good chemical balance in your spa.
    It is healthy not only for you, but for your hot tub cover as well, always use an insulating blanket on the surface of the water, this will keep the water warmer and insulate the cover from aggressive and damaging vapors.
  5. NEVER shock your tub with a hardcover on.
    This will not allow the bacteria and chloramines to oxidize properly into the air and it could cause damaging vapors to attack the underside of your spa cover.

Utilizing these hints will extend the life of your hot tub cover and keep it looking better longer.

Hot Tub Flush Procedure

In order to properly flush your hot tub, you must take the following steps:

  1.  Remove the filter, clean using a Filter Cleaner.
  2. Drain the hot tub, don’t forget to turn the power off.
  3. Refill hot tub to 1/2 inch above the “high water” mark.
  4. Add at least 100ppm of Chlorine to the hot tub.*
  5. Cover the hot tub.
  6. Circulate the water at a maximum rate of 30-45 minutes.
  7. While water is circulating, turn the blowers/air on and off every 5 minutes.
  8. Drain the hot tub.
  9. While hot tub is draining, rinse the sides several times.
  10. Clean hot tub with a Surface Cleaner.
  11. Remove excess water.
  12. Refill, replace filter, balance, start-up

* In order to deliver 100ppm of Chlorine use the following measurements:

Ounces per 100 Gallons
CalHypo – 65% 2.2
Lithium Hyo – 35% 3.8
Sodium Dichlor – 56% 2.5
Sodium Hypochlorite – 12% 15 fluid oz.
Sodium  Hypochlorite – 5.25% 35 fluid oz.