Spring Has Sprung
It is time to change the water after the long winter – if you needed a refresher – here it is…
Chlorine Program Fresh Fill Start up
Balance Ph. – 7.3 to 7.7
- Add ½ cup ph. down and allow water to circulate for 2 hours.
- Test water and repeat step one till ph. Is between 7.3 and 7.7
- Add 1 oz Stain & Scale control per 400 gallons
- Add ½ bottle Gentle Spa to condition the water for a softer feel, less sanitizer usage, more stable ph. and bluer water.
Sanitize Spa- 1 TBLS per 500 gallons
- Add 1 TBLS spoon chlorine Concentrate to sanitize Spa
Test Water- Ph. = 7.3 to 7.7
Chlorine = 1.0 to 2.0 ppm
Alkalinity = 150 to 200 ppm
- Lower Ph as needed with Ph down. If Ph is low be sure to verify that the alkalinity is not low also. Add ½ cup Ph. down per 500 gallons
- Alkalinity is a buffer to prevent Ph change.
- If Alkalinity is high and Ph is in range, there is no need to do any adjustments.
- If Alkalinity is high and Ph is high, adjust Ph down. Each Ph down treatment will lower Alkalinity a small amount, Add ½ cup Ph. down per 500 gallons
- If Alkalinity is low and Ph. is in range. Adjust Alkalinity up. See store for details.
- If Alkalinity is low and Ph is low, Adjust Alkalinity up with Alkalinity Increaser. Raising Alkalinity will raise Ph. also.
- Add 1 TBLS. Chlorine Concentrate to water with pump running.
- Add 1 TBLS. Enhanced Shock after every other use.
Optional Weekly Treatments
- Foam is caused from the buildup of oils in the water. Anti-Foam will temporarily hide the problem. To control the problem and not hide it, use Spa Perfect Natural enzymes. Add 1oz. per 100 gallons weekly
- To prevent stains and water line build up add 1oz. Stain & Scale control per 400 gallons when topping off your spas water level.
Draining note: Always add 1 bottle spa system flush before draining spa to have fresh clean plumbing for your fresh fill.
If you have a different kind of sanitation just let me know and we can walk through that with you.
Maintenance for your Cabinet and Cover
It only takes a few minutes to keep the outside of the cabinet looking like new.
- The base of the Arctic (exposed forever floor) can simply be wiped off or hosed off. Dirt tends to splash up – I have found that if this is exposed you may use the same solution as on the top to remove the dirt. There is no wear or protection needed for the forever floor if you just want to leave it sit either.
- The cabinets are easily protected with a light coating of natural deck stain. I put the stain on a paper towel and go over the whole tub once a year and it takes me less than 30 minutes. This keeps the water off the cabinet from splash over and the weather.
- The cover is the one that takes the longest. I like to take it completely off the cover lift and turn it upside down in the sun for a good hour. This gets rid of any mold issues from the long winter. If you want to wipe it down make sure you are using non-petroleum based products which will fall into the water and create havoc in the tub. The topside of the cover needs a UV protection to make it look new and last for years and years.
Shocking the spa with the cover open
IF you close the cover after adding chemicals (particularly shock) the chemical reaction is creating gas which needs to escape. If you close the cover the gas will hit the bottom of the cover and fall back into the water. You will have wasted the product and your money. Leaving the cover open for 1/2 hour will allow the chemical gas to escape and your water will be much better off. It goes without saying that you don’t want to add the chemicals before you go into the tub because that gassing off process happens at the waterline where you are sitting.
The Arctic Spa App is free for your phone and will drive your tub. The web based site is also free and is called myarcticspa.com and once registered there your tub will talk to the website. We will be able to remote into your tub if there is an issue. I can update your software to insure your tub runs as efficiently as possible. If you don’t have one of our connectivity aids (wifi, ethernet, wifi extender or hard wire) we have them available right now for $100. This is normally a $500 item but we are having such good luck with the feature we are discounting them.
Here is a picture of my tub. As you can see the temperature is displayed (fahrenheit is hiding behind the drop down menu) – you can see that my swim spa has 2 pumps and I can turn them on and off right from the website, I can adjust the filtration, and other options right from my computer. As a customer I can maintain everything from any of my devices from anywhere with an internet connection.
Here is an 8 foot spa running in the backyard right now. I am able to put the average KWH from Excel into the website and find out how much it is costing to run the spa. As you can see it costs .68 to run right now. As usage increases so will these costs. We can talk about your individual usage if you have any questions.