Starting Up Your Hot Tub

  1. Make sure spa power is shut off, the filters have been removed, and the spa is clean.
  2. All water contains some metals and minerals which is determined by the calcium level. If the calcium is too high it could cause scaling. If it too little and it could cause foaming and cloudy water. Calcium levels should be maintained between 150 – 250 ppm in hot tubs. If your fill water tests above 150 add 16 oz. of SpaEase Stain & Scale (or 8oz. of Protection Plus) each time you fill the spa. If your fill water tests above 300 you may want to also add 1 oz. of Protection Plus (or 2oz of Stain & Scale) each week. If you have soft water below 150 you need to add Calcium Increaser. See “Balancing Your Water”.
  3. Once the spa is filled, turn on the power and install the filter cartridges. If they have been used then make certain to clean them thoroughly.
  4. When the water reaches your desired usage temperature, use Test Strips to make certain the pH, Alkalinity, and Hardness of your water is at the proper levels. If corrections are required see section titled “Balancing Your Water”.
    • The pH level should always be between 7.2 to 7.8 ppm.
    • The Alkalinity level should be between 80 to 120 ppm
    • The Hardness level in a hot tub should be between 150 to 250 ppm. Swimming pools, due the coolness of the water require hardness levels from 200 to 400.
  5. Select and add sanitizer. For assistance is the selection see “Choice of Sanitizers”

Weekly Maintenance of Your Water Chemistry

  1. Test pH, Alkalinity, Sanitizer, and Hardness regularly especially on new spas.
  2. Add Sanitizer as required
  3. Add 2 oz. of SpaEase Natural and Clear
  4. Remove & clean filters using SpaEase Instant Filter Cleaner: see section “Filter Care”

Hot to Properly Drain and Fill Your Hot Tub

  1. Before draining the spa water, remove your filter cartridges and add 16 oz. of SpaEase Jet Line Cleaner and turn on all pumps for 15 minutes. (On Jetted Bathtubs use 8oz.)
  2. Then turn off pumps and let spa water sit quiet for one hour.
  3. Turn on all pumps and jets for 5 minutes.
  4. Turn power off and drain spa. Hose debris off side walls when spa is nearly fully drained.
  5. Clean the acrylic surface first with SpaEase All Purpose Clean and to maintain a long lasting sheen, polish the acrylic with SpaEase Gloss.
  6. Remove, Clean, and Replace filter(s) and then follow instructions to “Stating Up and Using Your Hot Tub”

Important Things to Remember

  1. Remember to clean and replace your filter cartridges when required.
  2. Keep your spa covered when not in use and use Cover Conditioner to protect your vinyl.
  3. If you add fresh water to your spa add Stain & Scale or Protection Plus afterwards.
  4. IMPORTANT: When adding chemicals always make certain your pump is operational and always wait 30 minutes between adding different chemical products.
  5. Simple Conversion Table: 3 Teaspoons = 1 Tablespoon = 0.5 ounce

 

Balancing Your Water

Your pH should be kept between 7.2 – 7.8, the ideal alkalinity level is between 80-150 ppm, and calcium hardness should stay within 150 – 250 ppm for spas and 200 – 400 for pools.

RAISING PH/ALKALINITY

  1. Test and determine the amount required.
    • If pH is between 6.8 – 7.2 add one ounce
    • If pH is less than 6.8 add two ounces
  2. Make sure spa pumps are on and add required SpaEase pH/Alkalinity Up
  3. Allow filtration pumps to run for 1 to 3 hours
  4. Test and add additional product if necessary

 

LOWERING PH/ALKALINITY

If pH is above 7.8 refrain from entering your spa and perform following instructions:

  1. Make sure spa pumps are on
  2. Add only ¼ oz. (1.5 tsp) of SpaEase pH/Alkalinity Down at one time for every 500 gallons of water
  3. Allow filtration pumps to run for 30 minutes
  4. Test and if pH remains high repeat steps 1 – 3

If pH is in line but Alkalinity is not run all spa pumps on high speed for 15 minutes

 

RAISING CALCIUM/HARDNESS

  1. Test water to determine if you need to add SpaEase Liquid Calcium and if so how much.
    For the most accurate results use test strips specifically for “Hardness”
  2. In a 300 gallon spa SpaEase Liquid Calcium raises the hardness level 15 ppm per/ounce.
    Example: To raise the Hardness level 45 ppm higher in a 300 gallon spa add 3 ounces, in a 1200 gallon swim spa add 12 ounces.

The best time to test your calcium level is on the initial fill when the water is cold. You can add up to 12 ounces at one time in cold water but in hot water you should not add more than 3 ounces at one time. Each time you add SpaEase Liquid Calcium you should wait a minimum of 30 minutes before adding the next dose.

NOTE: It can take up to 2 to 3 days to fully notice the results of adding SpaEase Liquid Calcium. In other words once you first determine how much you need to raise the Calcium level, you can additional product every 30 minutes, but you must wait 2 to 3 days to see the results.

RECOMMENDATION: Though many 4 way test strips have Hardness Level reading, for those that need to raise their Calcium level we recommend using test strips solely designed for this procedure which provide more accurate results.
The hardness of your water is determined by the calcium level. If the calcium is too high it could cause scaling. If it too little and it could cause foaming and cloudy water. Calcium levels should be maintained between 150 – 250 ppm in hot tubs.

 

Choosing Your Sanitizer

 

Frog Mineral Purifier

  1. Each time you refill your hot tub with new water or if you allow your bromine level to drop to “0” add 2 oz. of SpaEase Activator and 2 oz. SpaEase Brom Bank for every 300 gallons of water to help you quickly achieve a bromide level of 1 to 2 ppm. Wait 15 minutes, test water with Frog Test Strips and add more SpaEase Brom Bank if required.
  2. If you plan on using your spa 3 times per week set both the Mineral Cartridge and Bromine Cartridge at the level 3 and set them in the floater. If you plan on using your hot tub more often set the cartridge levels higher and lower for less frequent usage.

NOTE: Some spas today have a built-in system for the Frog Cartridges.

  1. Each time you use your spa shock it with 2 oz. of SpaEase Activator. On weeks of non-usage it is recommended to add 2 oz. of SpaEase Activator.

REPLACING CARTRIDGES:

Replace the Mineral Cartridge every 4 months and the Bromine Cartridge every 2-3 weeks.

 

Chlorine

  1. When Starting Up your spa add 1.5 Teaspoons of SpaEase Chlorine Granules for every 300 gallons of water. Make certain spa pump is on.
  2. Test water every 15 minutes and repeat until chlorine residual reaches 3 – 5 ppm. (This can be reduced to 1 -3 ppm if you are using a SpaEase Mineral Purifier Stick.
  3. Add 2 oz. of SpaEase Activator each time after using your spa with 1-2 adults. Add 2 oz. weekly if the hot tub was not in use.
  4. Test water every other day and add SpaEase Chlorine Granules as needed.

NOTE: Do not enter water where the residual exceeds 5 ppm. If necessary drain some of your water and add new water to lower chlorine level.

 

Bromine Tablets

  1. Each time you refill your hot tub with new water or if you allow you bromine level to drop to “0” add 2 oz. of SpaEase Activator and 2 oz. SpaEase Brom Bank for every 300 gallons of water to help you quickly achieve a bromide level of 2 to 3 ppm. Make certain spa pump is on. Wait 15 minutes, test water with Frog Test Strips and add more SpaEase Brom Bank if required. Bromide Level can be reduced to 1 to 2 ppm if you are using the SpaEase Mineral Purifier Stick.
  2. Place 3 tablets into Bromine Floating Dispenser with levels ½ open for normal use.
  3. Add 2 oz. of SpaEase Activator each time after using your spa with 1-2 adults. Add 2 oz. weekly if the spa is not in use.
  4. Add 3 tablets every 5 to 7 days to maintain proper bromine level. If you allow bromine level to drop to “0” then repeat Step 1 above.

 

Remember to follow instructions on “Balancing Your Water” and “Weekly Maintenance”

Note: 2 ounces = ¼ Cup     2.2 lb. of Spa Activator = 35.2 ounces = Approximately 18 doses

 

Pros & Cons of Sanitizers

Each of the Sanitizer methods below provide an excellent method of keeping your spa water healthy and free of bacteria.

 

CHLORINE SANITIZER

“SpaEase Chlorine” is the least expensive sanitizer to use and the one that dissolves rapidly providing you a nearly immediate correction to your sanitizing level. An additional benefit to Chlorine is that it is close to pH neutral so there is less of a chance of it changing your pH level than all other sanitizers. Unfortunately Chorine is a manual dispensing product, meaning there is no automatic feeder to use for hot tubs. Chlorine requires you to maintain 3 to 5 ppm residual level at all times (do not use the spa if the level rises above 5 ppm). To properly use Chlorine and avoid having a scent to your water you need to add a little chlorine every other day, and shock the spa with Spa Activator after each use.

 

BROMINE TABLETS

“SpaEase Bromine Tablets” are slightly more expensive to use then “SpaEase Chlorine” but it is the preferred choice of most hot tub users. Bromine has a lower pH then Chlorine but is more pH friendly, meaning Chlorine is best used in low pH range of 7.2 to 7.5 ppm and Bromine works well throughout the entire recommended pH range of 7.2 to 7.8 ppm. The 2 real benefits to Bromine are: 1. Less Work: “SpaEase Bromine Tablets” are slow dissolving and can be used with a floating bromine dispenser. Simply put a few tablets in the dispenser and refill about once a week. 2. No Chlorine Scent: “SpaEase Bromine Tablets” are pressed on the exterior with a pH neutral Chorine that dissolves rapidly creating no chlorine odor and allowing the tablets to begin their sanitizing process.

 

FROG MINERAL PURIFIER

The Frog mineral purification system is a little more expensive than “SpaEase Bromine Tablets” but it is the easiest of all sanitizers to use and many state the most effective. The Frog system uses 2 cartridges: a Mineral Cartridge (identical to their Frog Mineral Stick and a Bromine Cartridge. To use simply change the Mineral Cartridge approximately every 4 months and the Bromine Cartridge approximately every couple weeks (depending upon use).

 

Cleaning Your Filter

 

Clean filters are important in keeping your water crystal clear and healthy, along with protecting your spa equipment.

These are the best 2 products available for cleaning your filters:

  1. SpaEase Instant Cartridge Cleaner: Removes surface debris, oils, minerals, and scale from your filter cartridge. This is an effective product to use but should not replace a thorough deep cleaning with SpaEase Filter Cleaner.

TO USE: Simply spray it on the cartridge, wait 3 to 5 minutes, rinse thoroughly with a garden hose and replace

RECOMMENDATION: For more effective cleaning deep within the pleats of the filter it is best to use a product like the Spa Wand.

  1. SpaEase Filter Cleaner: This deep soaking product is designed to help remove all the body oils, grease, soap film, minerals, scale, etc. that may have been captured by your filter cartridge. Filter cartridges should be deep cleaned every time the spa water is changed, more frequently for those who use their spa every day with more than 1 user. TO USE: Mix 8 oz. for every 1.25 gallons of water (5 gallon bucket requires 32 oz.) in a bucket large enough to fully immerse your filter(s) cartridges in the solution. Always add SpaEase Filter Cleaner to water, never add water to Filter Cleaner. Before placing the cartridges into the solution rinse off any loose debris. Allow filter cartridges to soak for 8 to 10 hours. Then remove cartridges, rinse thoroughly and allow them to fully air dry. For maximum filter efficiency, do not replace wet cartridges into the spa.

 

RECOMMENDATION: Because it is important to allow filter cartridges to dry before replacing them into the spa it is recommended to always have a clean spare on hand. Having an additional filter allows you to rotate them within the cleaning cycle benefiting you three ways; 1. Allows you to use the spa during the time you are cleaning the filter cartridges.

  1. Extends the life of both filters saving you money over time.
  2. Helps ensure cleaner water.

 

RECOMMENDED FREQUENCY OF CLEANING: Depending upon how often you use your hot tub along with the average number of bathers we make two alternative recommendations;

MODERATE USE: (2-3 times per/week with 1-2 bathers)

  • Use SpaEase Instant Cartridge Cleaner every 1 to 2 weeks
  • Use SpaEase Filter Cleaner every 3 to 4 months (when draining & refilling your spa)

HEAVY USE: (5-7 times per/week with 2-4 bathers)

  • Use SpaEase Instant Cartridge Cleaner every week
  • Use SpaEase Filter Cleaner once a month