What's the Best Hot Tub

Table of Contents
Why should I buy a Hot Tub?
The Real cost of owning a Hot Tub
Types of Hot Tubs
Hot Tub Electric concerns - 220 vs. 110
Your options: Seats
Your options: Jets
Your options: Filtration and Purification
Your options: Surround
Your options: Cover
Shopping options: Local Dealer
Shopping options: Big Box Retailers
Shopping options: Online
Where to locate your new hot tub
Going to put it on a deck?
Hot tub foundations
What type of buyer are You?
"x" Person Hot Tub
How to shop for a spa
How to insulate a hot tub
How to drain a hot tub
How to clean a hot tub
How to buy a hot tub
How to build a concrete slab
How to treat hot tub rash
How to drain a hot tub with a hose
How to drain a hot tub for winter
How to level a hot tub
How to winterize a hot tub
How much chemical
How to make it work
Pea gravel base
Foam problems?
How to raise PH in your hot tub
How to lower PH in your hot tub
Save on hot tub electric bill
How to fix heavy hot tub cover
How to clean scale off of a hot tub
How high to fill a hot tub
How to fix hot tub HFL errors
How to remove mildew from hot tubs
Best hot tub chemicals?
How to kill staph in a hot tub
Remove jets
How to use the drain plug
Clean hot tub jets
Can I fill my hot tub with soft water?
Clean your filter with Muriatic acid
How to move a hot tub
Clean your filter in the dishwasher?
How to lower alkalinity levels
Reduce hardness of your water
You can repair freeze damage
How to stop hot tub overheating
Balance your chemicals
Support your hot tub on a deck
Can bleach be used in hot tubs?
How to eliminate bacteria
Repair your cracked hot tub
How to prime a hot tub pump
Organic alternatives
Hot tub age restrictions
Mice in your hot tub?
How to make your hot tub smell good
How does a hot tub pump work?
Hot tub health risks?
How to buy a cheap hot tub
Make your own spa defoamer
How to clean spa filter with vinegar
How to sanitize with lithium
Use vitamin C to neutralize chlorine
How to care for an inflatable hot tub
History of hot tub innovations
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Hot Tub Buying Guide


Can I fill my hot tub with soft water?

There is much discussion about the use of soft water in hot tubs and pools. Soft water has its benefits and it has its troubles. Hard water does as well. Soft water will try to saturate itself with the calcium it is missing, so it attacks things around it to leech that hardness. Hard water can cause scale - a layer of deposit - on the hot tub. Obviously neither of these results is optimal. So it's important whether you fill the tub with soft or hard water to maintain the chemical levels in your tub. We suggest checking your manufacturer's recommendations on soft water - some discourage it greatly. Also check with your local spa dealer. The local guy should be familiar with the water in the area and will likely have some tips for you.

Some folks fill their tubs with soft water and then adjust the pH, alkalinity and calcium from there. Others, if possible, will fill with about half hard water and half soft water to try to create a balance. Some will fill with hard and then top off when needed to refill some with soft. You may not have the choice in your water source so you may only have the option to fill your tub with soft water. If this is the case, you will need to test the water and increase the calcium hardness of the water. There are products available that do just that - calcium hardness increaser?and they are available at your local home improvement store, local pool store or dealer.

It is essential to keep the water in your hot tub in balance. This is no easy task. You must regularly test for pH, alkalinity and calcium hardness and maintain those levels at the suggested and healthy range.

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