Aquaterra Spas

Hot Tub Maintenance 101

Hot Tub Maintenance 101

Regular upkeep is the key to keeping your water crystal clear and extending the life of your hot tub. Luckily routine maintenance on an Aquaterra Spa is very easy. Follow our steps below to ensure your tub is running at its best for years to come.

What you need:

Water test strips: Purchase on Amazon or at any local pool/hot tub store

Dip the strip into the water, shake off the excess water and compare the color to the chart on the back of the kit.

Level Recommendations:

pH level: The proper pH level is between 7.2 and 7.8.

Total alkalinity: The ideal alkalinity range is between 80 to 120 parts per million (ppm).

Controlling the hardness of your water: Maintaining the appropriate water hardness helps to avoid equipment corrosion, scale, and water foaming. Use your test strips to check the calcium level, which should be between 100 and 250 ppm. If you have soft water, add more calcium. If you have hard water, you’ll need to correct it by adding stain/scale control to the water.

Sanitizing:  Chlorine levels should be between 3 to 5 ppm. You'll want to sanitize the water using a granular chlorine about once a week, and after each use to address any containments introduced to the water.  About 2 tablespoons should be enough. Remember when adding chemicals to sprinkle them over the filter area while the jets are on high.

Other Routine Maintenance:

Rinse your Filter: Using a garden hose with a spray nozzle, clean your filter every 4-8 weeks and replace it every 1-2 years.

Change Water: Depending on usage, it’s recommended to drain your water and refill your hot tub every 3-4 months.