The more you use the hot tub, the more often you’ll change the water. Commercial hot tubs are often changed weekly or twice weekly. Water in residential hot tubs is typically changed 3 times a year. The more frequent users may change the water monthly. The less frequent users may change the water just once per year. You should time your water changes to avoid cold weather conditions.
Frequency of cleaning depends on the amount of use the spa gets, but typically a spa filter should be cleaned every 6-8 weeks (chemically). In between cleanings you can take your filters out and rinse them with water to help maintain clean filters. Try to arrange your cleaning schedule during warmer
You should chemically clean your filters once every 6-8 weeks.
Chlorine 2.0 ppm to 6.0 ppm
Bromine 4.0 ppm to 10.0 ppm
This depends on the type of use and the volatility of the chemical balance. When the hot tub is first filled with fresh water it may need to be adjusted more often then when it is a month old and the water balance is more stable. Commercial hot tubs need daily or more frequent testing. Typically, residential hot tubs are tested daily when first filled but weekly after balancing is achieved.
Having a high pH level can cause calcium carbonate scale to form. This material can be cleaned off using an acid solution. If you have this buildup you should also be checking and adjusting the total alkalinity and pH levels. A visit to one of our stores would be appropriate to get specific instructions and consultation.
Bacteria can grow on the inside of the pipes and that is mostly likely what is coming out. You can run your jets on HIGH for three 10-minute cycles to dislodge most of the build-up before draining and refilling. There may still be some material that breaks free but it should be minimal. There is also a chemical available called Spa Flush that will help clean the jets out. (This product is available at all of our store locations).
First, determine how your filter comes apart. On older hot tubs, the filter may be in a separate container and valves may need to be turned off. On newer hot tubs, the filter is accessed typically from the inside. Turn off the power when removing filters as some debris may be sucked into the pump when the filter is removed. A chemical filter cleaner should be used on the filter by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Having a second filter for rotating will extend the filter life significantly.
Running water backwards through the filter to wash out the dirt.
A minimum of once a week is recommended. Technically if the filter pressure increases 8-10 psi above the clean pressure it should be backwashed. This typically happens after vacuuming or during periods of cleaning the pool. If the pressure doesn’t increase in a week and you are not having clarity problems wait to backwash unitl your pressure rises.
Temporarily raising the level of oxidizer in the water to kill bacteria that has built up a resistance to a normal level
Typically the recommendation is once a week. Less frequently used pools allow for less frequent shocks.
Place a chlorine tablet in a nylon sock and place it on the stain for a few seconds, if it changes in appearance the stain is algae. Place some dry acid in a nylon sock and place it on the stain for a few seconds, if it changes in appearance the stain is metal based.
Two of the most common filter cleaners used for sand filters would be the GLB Filter Rinse and the GLB Filter Cleanse.
Use Filter Rinse once every three weeks to help maintain crystal clear water.
Use Filter Cleanse every 3-4 months for optimal filter use.
To drain SOME water from the pool. (Up to 12”)
WARNING: Be sure to be present whenever draining your pool to avoid floating the pool out of the ground.
If you have ground water present under the pool, it must be removed before draining.
If you have a fiberglass pool, you should walk around on the shallow end of the pool and the transition slope during the draining to make sure that the pool does not feel like you are “standing on a waterbed.”
If you have any doubt about draining the pool don’t proceed until you seek professional assistance.
Generally, draining the pool between December and June is more risky than doing it between July and November.
Leave pump, heater, and monitoring systems off until the pool is full.
You should brush the walls weekly and vacuuming is only needed when the pool is dirty.
This is a very difficult question to answer. The correct answer is however long it takes to keep the pool water clear and clean. This is typically 16-24 hours per day.
You prevent algae by keeping sanitizer in the water and shocking regularly. The use of algaecide in the pool will also help.
Most of the time there is no requirement for any regular changing of the sand. On chlorine pools changing the sand every 10 years is adequate. On Soft Swim treated pools you should change the sand every 3 years.
Typically there is some type of demand on the sanitizer that is hidden; this could be bacteria in the light niche, in the plumbing lines, in the filter media or under the ladder treads.
Tips on patching a pool liner:
There are various patch kit sizes depending on the size of your tear. They come with a clear material to use as a patch, or you can also buy vinyl patching material by the square foot.
When applying the patch underwater you want to apply the glue and fold the patch over. Go the area where the tear is located and unfold the patch as you apply it to the liner. It is important to cut the patch with rounded corners so the repair does not peel up on the sides.
A type of bacteria.
Bacteria is present in the pool and it is consuming all of your shock.
You should chemically clean your filter twice a season when using Soft Swim. You should clean it once mid-season and once prior to closing your swimming pool.
Typically because there is bacteria in the water.