There is a unique difference between a pool and a spa, so it is very important that you maintain your spa with chemicals specially formulated for spa and hot tub use. The main difference between a pool and a spa or hot tub is in the temperatures of the water. Your Riverside hot tub or spa is heated between 98 and 104 degrees, much hotter than a pool. In addition, the ratio of people to the amount of water in a hot tub or spa is greater. That is, having four people in your hot tub is the equivalent of having 300 people in an average size pool. The higher temperature water in addition to the higher ratio load ratio means spa water problems can result from soap, perfume and deodorant residue as well as natural body oils. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
When it comes to the chemicals in your spa:
- Read all the instructions and ensure you have a complete understanding of each chemical before you place it in your hot tub or spa.
- Never mix chemicals together.
- Chemicals should always be added directly to the water.
- Chemicals should be stored in a dry, cool place in an area not accessible to children.
- Do not let your spa chemicals come in contact with your nose, eyes or mouth.
- Thoroughly wash your hands after you have been handling spa chemicals.
- Remember to only use chemicals formulated for spa use, do not use chemicals made for swimming pools.
Keep these tips in mind and you will experience fewer problems with your spa or hot tub.