• Ways to Lower your Chlorine Levels

    Ways to Lower your Chlorine Levels

    Maintaining the proper chemical balance inside your hot tub is vital. Most hot tub owners subscribe to a chlorine-based sanitizing program to keep their hot tub water safe and clear for bather use. It’s a necessary part of proper hot tub water care because they destroy dangerous contaminants that can build up in your hot tub.

    But what do you do if you start noticing a strong chemical smell in your hot tub? Or worse, yourself and other bathers start experiencing troubling symptoms like stinging eyes and irritation on your skin?

    These are a few of the telltale signs of high chloramine levels in your hot tub. If your sanitizer is continually too high over a longer period of time, your hot tub surfaces may also start to degrade, damaging the acrylic and underside of your spa cover.

    Sometimes, owners assume their chlorine of bromine levels are too high without checking, which is why we recommend always using 6 Way Water Test Strips to confirm whether you have a sanitizer problem, before you start sourcing solutions.

     

    How To Reduce Chlorine Levels In Your Hot Tub

    Solution 1: Wait It Out

    The first thing you can do is nothing. Don’t add any more doses of chlorine or bromine to your hot tub and allow it to sit for a day or two. The sanitizer levels will naturally decrease over time, just know that you want to avoid using your hot tub during this period.

    Solution 2: Add Fresh Water

    If you don’t want to wait to use your hot tub, another solution is adding in fresh water and allowing it to circulate before testing your sanitizer levels once again. If your hot tub water is over three months old, it might be time to drain and refill the water anyway.

    Solution 3: Add Neutralizer

    Beachcomber Hot Tubs’ Neutralizer is a highly effective product for lowering your sanitizer levels. This can be used prior to a draining the tub to ensure the drained water doesn’t damage or erode the hot tub surroundings, or in extremely low doses to lower the sanitizer levels inside the hot tub. Make sure to follow the instructions closely prior to use.

    Solution 4: ClearTech UVC System

    A retrofit component that is compatible with a number of our hot tub models, ClearTech UVC offers a highly-advanced water treatment technology that neutralizes waterborne pathogens and reduces the sanitizer required to maintain clear, clean water by up to 50%. Harnessing the sun’s natural UV light, ClearTech UVC works 24/7 without producing any chemical by-products or emissions.

    Solution 5: Switch To The CARE FREE Water Care System

    Beachcomber Hot Tubs’ CARE FREE is a water conditioning system exclusive to the Beachcomber line of products. CARE FREE removes organic material in your hot tub water. Almost odourless, it helps maintain a more stable water balance, leaves the water cleaner, and maximizes your filter’s performance.

     

    Where to get everything you need? Beachcomber’s Water Care products include everything you need to maintain your water! 

  • Foaming Hot Tub

    Foaming Hot Tub

    While foam is quite common in hot tubs that are used a great deal, having an excess amount of it is something that should be dealt with. Foam is created by dissolved solids in your hot tub water. These solids will include laundry detergent, deodorant, lotions, makeup, etc. Utilizing too much water care products will also cause your water to foam up.

    While there are several ways to prevent solids from arriving in your hot tub, the easiest way is to simply shower before entering the water. Showering will flush all of the chemicals and waste off your skin and block it from getting into your hot tub water.

    Removing Hot Tub Foam

    Once your hot tub starts foaming, here are some steps to take to clear up the water:

    1. Test your water. This is an important guiding step to take. Make sure all of your sanitizers, alkalinity and pH are balanced. Also, double-check your TDS levels. If one of these levels are unbalanced or your TDS levels are extremely high, it could be time for you to drain and re-fill your tub.
    1. Scoop out the foam. Most occurrences of excess foaming can be resolved by simply removing the foam and assuring that your chemical levels are correct.
    1. Replace or thoroughly clean your filter. This will prevent the water from creating more foam.
    1. Shock your tub with your sanitizer system. We suggest doing it with Chlorine, however people have seen success from doing it with non-chlorine sanitizers. While shocking, run your jets on high and have your cover half open to vent out the gases.
    2. Using “Foam Free” will help suppress some of the foam.

     

    We typically recommend Hot Tubs are drained and filled approximately every 3-4 months and this may be a sign you are nearing this interval.  You can also help prevent hot tub foam by routinely using an oxidizer after each use and utilizing a floating oil absorber, such as a “Hydro Mop” and adding an enzyme product such as “Purezyme” which naturally breaks down the biofilms which contribute to foam.

    If you have fresh water and are experience foaming, it could be a result of low calcium hardness.  Low calcium levels (which can also damage equipment) will decrease surface tension in the water and allow for excessive suds.  To prevent this issue, take a water sample to your local Beachcomber Hot Tubs dealer to analyze and balance water including calcium hardness level.  If low, use “Protect” calcium increaser.

    Beachcomber Hot Tip: Asking people to restrain from dunking their heads under water is a great way to slow down the increase of dissolved solids. Also, having a Beachcomber Heatshield will help keep natural dissolved solids out of the water, as well as keep your heating costs down.

      October 12, 2016 By Beachcomber Life Hottubology Water Care , , , , , , ,
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