Maintaining a Swim Spa  

by Pool Builders on 03-20-2013 in Articles

Those of you who have access to swim spas or own one must know pretty well that spa is not just a pool of water. It is your health station. This is something that will keep you fit and in shape for long years to come. Swim spa keeps your cardiovascular system regulated and in a great shape. However, if swim spas are not maintained well, they could pose a huge health risk. The payoff with regular maintenance will be worth the cost. Here are few things you will need to take care of, in your swim spa:

Water quality

The first thing to ensure is the quality of water. You will need to monitor the quality of water in your swim spa on a regular basis. If you think you are not using the pool everyday and so do not need to monitor the water quality, you could be gravely mistaken. You must keep a strict check on the appearance and smell of water. These indicate the likely problems that could turn unmanageable later. If you can manage them early, you will remain safe. You can easily address the problems with filtration as well at an early stage.

Water replacement

The best way to ensure that your swim spa water is safe, clean and healthy is to replace the water every three to six months. While constant and frequent replacement is the safest strategy for clean and healthy water, chemicals can also be added to the water to render it safe. Chemical treatment makes the water safer and cleaner but it can lead to build-up which may eventually clog the pipe. The frequent replacement of water depending on the usage is therefore the safest bet.

pH strips

One of the most important things to remember in spa maintenance is to keep the pH level close to 7.4, that is, the pH level of eye so as to eliminate causes for eye irritation. Test strips can help determine whether you are maintaining a safe chemical level. You may not keep everything in balance, so the least you need to focus on is pH and chlorination. You may not achieve perfection in the beginning but gradually you will notice remarkably improved ability to maintain the required levels of chemicals.

Miscellaneous factors

There are few other precautions that you need to take for the maintenance of your swim spa. It is important to shower before entering a pool or spa. It may seem logical that the heating and operating cost of a spa be kept to the minimum. In simpler words, the spa should be kept on the economy mode when it is not used on a regular basis.

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