Maintaining the proper chemical balance inside your hot tub is vital. Most hot tub owners subscribe to either a chlorine or bromine based sanitizing program to keep their spa 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 overly high sanitizer 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 & Bromine 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 Filtration System
A retrofit component that is compatible with a number of our hot tub models, ClearTech UVC offers a highly-advanced filtration technology that neutralizes waterborne pathogens and reduces the sanitizer required to maintain clear, clean water by up to 70%. 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 odorless, 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!
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