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

Reduce hardness of your water

Do you have hard water? Hard water is water that contains higher amounts of minerals such as calcium and magnesium. If the water in your tub is hard you may have trouble with scale forming on the surfaces and the plumbing of the tub. You may also experience cloudy water if your water is high in calcium and minerals. If you have hard water, you may have a water softener that treats your household water. You need to be careful with water that is too soft as well. If water does not have enough minerals in it, it will leech those minerals from wherever it can including the tub's plumbing and other equipments. You may also experience a problem with foam if the water is too soft. As you can see, a good balance in your water is necessary to have healthy, safe water in your tub. Keeping your tub maintained is essential. It is important to test the water for total calcium which measures the hardness. Check with your manufacturer's guidelines to see what they recommend for your tub. Your local dealer will also be helpful with what the local water is like if you are new to the area or new to owning and maintaining a hot tub.

If you do determine that your total calcium levels are too high, you will want to lower those to the appropriate range. A test kit is available at your local spa dealer or your local home improvement store. This is also a great place to purchase the chemicals you will need to treat your tub water. Once you have tested the water and confirmed that your water is indeed hard., you need to lower the pH and total alkinity levels. There isn't a way to lower calcium hardness directly unless you change your water source. Add a pH down product and wait a few hours before testing the water again. If you test too soon, you will not get accurate results and will likely add more or less of the wrong thing yo-yoing your results and water all over the place. So just wait, test and adjust your water accordingly.

If you continue to struggle with hard water and the problems associated, you may want to see if you can add water from a different source or install a water softener to your home. Keep up with your tub's maintenance regularly to get the most from your hot tub.

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