Hot Tub Supplements
<h2>Hot Tub Supplements</h2>
Total Alkalinity Adjusters are used to raise or lower the total alkalinity of your hot tub. This ensures that your pH remains stable.
PH is a measure of how acidic or basic a substance is. It also determines the level of comfort you will experience when you use your hot tub. It is measured on a scale of 0 to 14, with 0 being the most acidic, and 14 being the most basic. A pH of 7 is neutral, and it is also the pH of water. The proper pH of a hot tub is between 7.2 and 7.6. If the pH is too high, it will reduce the effectiveness of chlorine. Chlorine sanitizes the most effectively around pH 7.2. It is important to check the pH of the water frequently, every time you use the hot tub, and at least twice per week. Here at Central Jersey Pools, we have two chemicals which alter pH: sodium carbonate and sodium bisulfate. These pH adjusters work equally well with all types of sanitizers.
<h2>Algae-stats and Algaecides</h2>
The presence of algae in a hot tub is exceedingly rare, as algae require much sunlight to thrive. It is very slippery and is often pale yellow, green, pink, brown, or black. If the hot tub has a shortage of sanitizer, the growth of algae may be possible. Sanitizer not only sanitizes, but works to prevent the growth of algae.
If small spots of the hot tub shell are pale yellow and slippery, then algae is present. If the sanitizer level in the water is normal, then you should shock the water to kill all the algae and burn it away. After the algae is dealt with, it is recommended to wash the filter very well before using it again. Beware, some algaecides cause large amounts of foaming.
The proper level of calcium in the water can help to prevent metal corrosion in the heater element of the hot tub. If your hot tub is made of plaster, the proper level of calcium can help to prevent plaster and concrete etching. If the water has very little calcium, it has a greater chance if drawing calcium from plaster or corroding it from metal.
Here at Central Jersey Pools, we are able to test your hot tub water for Calcium Hardness. Hardness can be increased by adding calcium chlorine. The proper amount of calcium in an average hot tub if between 160 and 200 ppm. To lower the calcium hardness of the water, you should add regular tap water. If your tap water already has high calcium hardness, ask us at Central Jersey Pools for help on lowering the hardness of your hot tub.
Clarifiers make very tiny particles of debris clump together so that they can be easily removed by the filter.
Enzymes work to break down organic waste left behind from the users of the hot tub. It converts the organic waste into water and carbon dioxide. They can be used to supplement any sanitizing system.
These compounds kill pink slime, mold, and some algae. It is rare for you to need the help of tetraborate compounds.
<h2>Totally Dissolved Solids (TDS)</h2>
TDS is a measure of the amount of solids dissolved in the water. If the solids exceed the saturation point of the water, then more chemicals will be unable to dissolve in the water. The only way to fix this is to drain the hot tub and add new water and chemicals.