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


How much chemical

You have just refilled your hot tub after a routine cleaning. What should you do chemical-wise? Well, first check your manufacturers' instructions and follow those recommendations. In lieu of that, we have some suggestions. If your tub has been properly maintained and has not been sitting unused, you can just fill it with tap water from the hose. Run the hose through your filter. If you replaced the filter, allow the new filter to soak in a bucket of water for about a half hour or so. Once your tub is filled to the recommended depth, say 6 inches or so from the top of the tub, you can turn the spa on and allow the jets to run. When the tub is warm, you can begin the get the chemicals right. Warm water allows the granules to dissolve better.

When balancing the sanitizer and the pH, you want to follow the manufacturers instructions. First level the pH. Test the water and bring the pH to 7.6 - 8.2 by adding a capful at a time of a pH up or pH down chemical. Once your pH is where it needs to be, you will add your sanitizers -- typically chlorine (dichlor) or bromine. Remember that sanzitizers need organic material to consume so if you put a whole lot in clean water, it will stay high and smell like chlorine. Refer to the manufacturers instructions or the chlorine packaging for the appropriate amounts. Optimally, you want to have just the right amount so the tub is ready for you, you get in and enjoy putting the sanitizer to work. After you are done, you replace the santizer keeping the water healthy and ready for your next soak. So you bring it up to the proper level. Depending on the use your hot tub gets - number of people, length of soak and frequency of soaks, the amount of sanitizer will vary.

There is typically no need to perform a decontamination rinse unless your tub has not been properly maintained, used regularly, or you have had issues with rashes or infections.

Remember it is easier to properly maintain your tub regularly than to have to deal with problems that arise from neglect. If you take care of your tub, it will be ready and waiting to help melt away the stress of the day.

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