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

Clean your filter with Muriatic acid

You have been cleaning your hot tub filter regularly with hose and water, but it is still not coming clean. Well, you can use muriatic acid to clean your filter, but please remember that muriatic acid is very corrosive and needs to be handled with care. And as always, we recommend checking with the manufacturer instructions for their recommendations. Also, have you replaced the filter in the past year? Filters should be replaced once a year. If you rotate filters, it might last you two years because it's getting less use.

That being said, if you have a filter that is clogged with calcium carbonate you can clean it with muriatic acid. Be sure to wear gloves and safety glasses. Yes, really. There are cleaning products available on the market containing muriatic acid in them already in the appropriate proportions. If you are using straight muriatic acid you will need to dilute it. Make a solution of 1 part muriatic acid to 20 parts water. That's a 1:20 ratio. The maximum ratio you would ever want to use is 1:4, but 1:20 is sufficient for cleaning the filter.

Put on your goggles and gloves. Rinse the filter well with a hose. Then fill a large bucket with water. And then pour in the muriatic acid. Always fill the bucket with water first, then, add acid. Place the filter in the water/acid mix. Allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. If the filter is not submerged, flip it over for another 10 to 15 minutes to expose the whole filter to the water/acid mix. After the elapsed time, remove the filter and rinse with hose water again. You may want to add a pH up product to the water in the bucket and the run off to neutralize the acid as you dump the water. The filter should be much cleaner now with the acid really washing away that stubborn build up.

The build up on the filter is likely because your water has a high mineral content. You may also be keeping the pH levels too high in the hot tub water. Regular maintenance on your hot tub will help you keep it running efficiently, clean and keep it ready to go for your next soak. Remember to check those levels and keep things where they should be.

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