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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How to lower alkalinity levels

When testing the water in your hot tub, you are typically testing the pH and the total alkalinity. These two go hand in hand and have direct impact on each other. When you need to lower your pH, you will find that the TA will be lowered too. It's important to remember that both readings are important. It is recommended to get your TA in range before the pH. And when adjusting these add small amounts of the needed chemicals and retest so you avoid huge swings in pH and alkalinity.

Check with your hot tub manufacturer's guidelines for instructions on your alkalinity. You want the TA in tub to be within a range of 80 to 120 ppm. If you find your TA is too high, first test your pH. If you need to lower your pH, the treatment will also lower your TA - so do that and then retest your TA. If you still need to lower your TA, go ahead. There are products sold specifically for that - Spa Down and others. If you want to use a household product you can try vinegar. Also, you can try Borax to raise your pH with little affect on the TA, so although Borax does not lower TA, it won't raise it when trying to raise pH like other products will such as Baking Soda or Soda Ash. Sodium Bisulfate will lower the pH and the TA.

Keeping the chemicals in your hot tub balanced can be a tricky balancing act. You may want to stick with store bought chemicals from the local home improvement store, the local spa dealer or the big box store. You can also use products typically found in the pantry or kitchen cabinet. It is all about consistent maintenance, a little bit of knowledge and some persistence through it all as challenges arise. But it's worth it. The stress and tension are about to melt away as you slip into the hot water coursing through those jets.

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