Spa Maintenance

clock February 16, 2017 07:00 by author medallionpools |


Spa maintenance is in most cases simple and straightforward. Keep the water balanced, sanitized, and filtered. In most spas it is also recommended to change the water every 4-6 months. Please remember that this article contains general information only and is not intended as a complete spa care guide. Be sure to follow the instructions from your spa’s manufacturer. Now that you have made the decision to purchase your first spa, you need to treat the water chemically to eliminate bacteria. Your local pool dealer will be able to help you. Bring the dealer a sample of the water in your spa so they can test it. Maintaining the chemicals in the proper range will give you many years of enjoyment with your spa.

Some of the tests they do are to determine the levels of:

Chlorine, Bromine, BaquaSpa, or Salt

pH

Total Alkalinity

Stabilizer (if needed)

Calcium Hardness

The Calcium Hardness level is important to maintain in the range your local dealer suggest. If it gets too high, as water passes through the heating element, it will cause scale to build up and very soon your heating element will fail due to a chemical problem. This would not be something the spa manufacturer would cover under warranty.

pH levels that are too low or too high can cause damage to your spa and to it’s equipment, especially the heating element. High pH levels can also lead to scale build up. Alkalinity acts as a buffer for the pH to help prevent rapid fluctuations. Stabilizer helps prevent sunlight from stripping chlorine or bromine out of your water.

Most spas also have a cartridge filter that needs to be kept clean and replaced on a regular basis. It’s a good idea to have a replacement filter on hand. The one that is dirty, you can soak overnight in a filter solution and put the other filter in to keep the spa operating.





What Is Total Alkalinity And How Does It Affect A Pool Or Spa?

clock August 11, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

GLB Alkalinity Up

Total Alkalinity is the measure of all of the alkaline substances that can be found in your pool or spa. Your main focus when dealing with Total Alkalinity is to measure your calcium carbonate, keeping your calcium carbonate in a safe range will help with the up keep of your pool and much more. Your Total Alkalinity should be keep between 80ppm (parts per million) and 120 ppm. When your Total Alkalinity is in this range it will prevent rapid pH changes in your pool or spa as well. It really helps to stabilize the pH.

If your Total Alkalinity is low there are many things that this could do to your pool or spa. With it being low it can corrode metal parts that are in the pool or spa, for example your steps, hand rails, pumps, etc. It can also stain the pools walls and floors, and make the water green. On top of all that it will also cause your eyes to burn and can cause your pH to bounce seemingly at random.

If your Total Alkalinity is to high it really makes it difficult to adjust the pH levels in the pool or spa. With the Total Alkalinity being to high it can also make your water cloudy and cause the chlorine to lose its effectiveness as a disinfectant. This could also cause your filter and heating elements to get clogged up. So keep in mind that it is very important to keep your Total Alkalinity in the correct range and it will make it a lot easier for you to be able to keep up with the up keep of your pool or spa.



What is pH and how does it affect a pool or spa?

clock August 10, 2016 10:00 by author medallionpools |

pH scale

pH is the measure of the acidity of the water. The lower the pH the more acidic it is and the higher the pH the more basic it is. Maintaining pH, or potential Hydrogen, is simple and easy when you understand just a few basics. pH ranges from 0-14 with 7 being neutral.

Your pool or spa’s pH should be between 7.2 and 7.6. Your eyes pH is between 7.3 and 7.4, so the closer you are to 7.4 the less burning sensation you will have in your eyes. If your pool or spa’s pH is below 7 then the water becomes more corrosive and will start to wear away your metal components. For example your pump, your heater, and it also removes the plasticizers from the vinyl liner & pits the concrete, etc.

If you pool or spa’s pH is to high then it will start to build up scale. Scale can begin to form on the warmest parts of the pool, so the heater is the first victim. Scale acts as an insulator on the heat exchanger. That can run up the cost of operating your pool because you have to use more natural gas or electricity. And finally the higher the pH is in your pool or spa the less effective your chlorine will be, and the less sanitized it will be.



Causes Of pH Changes In Your Swimming Pool Or Spa

clock November 5, 2015 08:00 by author medallionpools |

Many factors influence the pH of pool and spa water therefore many different causes of pH change exist. The ideal range for pH is 7.2 – 7.6. Some possible causes for change are;

1. Rain water

2. Use of chlorine tablets (trichlor)

3. Bromine tablets will lower pH

4. Gas chlorine dramatically lowers pH

5. Sodium Hypochlorite (liquid bleach) - raises pH

6. Calcium Hypochlorite (granular chlorine) - raises pH

7. Algae growth - absorbs Carbon Dioxide and usually raises pH

8. Swimmers and swimmers waste will lower pH

 

Maintaining the proper pH range helps protect your swimming pool equipment, allows the chemical products to work more efficiently and makes the pool water more comfortable for swimming. Here are some of the possible problems caused when pH is not kept in balance;

1. Clouds pool water

2. Your pool sanitizer will not be as effective

3. Could cause scale to form

4. Possible skin and eye irritation

5. Will corrode equipment and metal items.

It is important to test your pool water on a regular basis either by your home test kit or taking a sample of yourur local pool store. Make sure you have the proper test kit to test for pH.



What Is BaquaSpa?

clock October 29, 2015 08:00 by author medallionpools |

baqua spa

You have quite a few chemical option choices to use for your spa. The system we will discuss today is the BaquaSpa Water Care System. BaquaSpa is not a bromine or chlorine program. This system is more gentle on your eyes and skin. The products in this system are liquid. In a chlorine or bromine system, the use of these products causes pH changes. The BaquaSpa program does not affect pH.

This is a very simple system to use consisting of three basic products.

  1. BaquaSpa Waterline Control- That stain you might get along the water line from sweat, body fluids, etc. is preventing by using this product.
  2. BaquaSpa Oxidizer- This product has hydrogen peroxide which is designed to keep your spa water clear and eliminating any organic compounds These compounds cause cloudy water.
  3. BaquaSpa Sanitizer with Stain & Scale Control- this product is the main product of the three. This product will sanitize the water and kill bacteria. This product will also help protect against staining of your spa due to metals that might get in the water. It is more stable then chlorine or bromine and last longer in the water.

Be sure to take samples of your spa water to your local BaquaSpa dealer so the water can be tested to determine what other BaquaSpa chemicals might be needed. The three listed above consist of the three part program and are needed on a regular basis as called for on the label.

If you are starting your spa for the first time or just adding fresh water, here are the suggested amounts to use of these three products based on the spa having 350 gallons of water;

BaquaSpa Waterline Control- 3 ½ ozs.

BaquaSpa oxidizer- 7 ozs.

BaquaSpa Sanitizer- 2 ozs.

Remember to also keep a clean filter and replace when necessary. Spa water should always be maintained at a temperature of no more then 104 degrees or less. Temperature higher than that is very dangerous for your health and any small children. As always, be sure to follow all of the directions and obey all safety warnings when dealing with any chemicals.