1. Keep Your New Hot Tub Running Continuously

  2. Use the 6-in-1 Test Strips Once or Twice a Week

  3. Always Maintain the Right Chemical Levels

  4. Add Chemicals One at a Time

  5. Use Bromine Instead of Chlorine

  6. Clean the Filter Every 2 Weeks

  7. Clean the Hot Tub Cover Monthly

Keep Your New Hot Tub Running Continuously

It shouldn’t be turned off at all if you want to maintain your new hot tub, unless you’re not going to use it for a very long period of time. To save energy when you’re not using the hot tub, you can turn down the temperature. But the hot tub should be running at all times.

The reason for this is that your hot tub usually has circulating pumps, and their function is to circulate the water every now and then to keep the hot tub water clean. Circulating the water maintains the filtering and cleaning process, and it keeps the algae from building up.

Use the 6-in-1 Test Strips Once or Twice a Week

To maintain a new hot tub, you have to check the chemical levels constantly. That means using test strips, which you can buy from a hot tub store or from many department stores. The best test strips give you all 6 readings (total alkalinity, total hardness, chlorine, bromine, calcium hardness, and pH levels).

It only takes 15 seconds each time, and that little effort can prevent a load of problems. So use the 6-in-1 test strips instead of the other types so it can be done quickly.

Always Maintain the Right Chemical Levels

You need to adjust the total alkalinity first, and then total hardness, chlorine, bromine, calcium hardness, and pH levels last. Maintaining the right chemical levels is crucial either for your health or for the condition of your new hot tub.

If the chemical levels are too low, then bacterial growth may occur. That doesn’t bode well for your health, which is ironic given that a new hot tub is designed to provide several health benefits. And the bacterial growth doesn’t look appealing either.

However, you have to keep the chemical levels from getting too high. If this happens, parts of your hot tub will rust, and that means you’ll need a new hot tub much sooner than you anticipated.

Add Chemicals One at a Time

The hot tub water should be running, and then you should add just one chemical to the water. You need to wait a full 2 hours before you add another chemical to the mix, so that you reduce the chance of a chemical reaction between the additives. Also, waiting two hours lets the chemicals disperse fully to maximize their effectiveness. You should also keep the tub cover off the tub for at least 15 minutes.

Use Bromine Instead of Chlorine

Chlorine or bromine is used to sanitize your hot tub. Traditionally, sanitizing the tub was done with chlorine, but bromine is the newer and better option. Bromine doesn’t smell as bad as chlorine, and it’s not as harsh.

For bromine, the read on the test strips should be between 3 and 5. You can use a floater for your bromine tablets so they dissolve in the water more properly over time.

If you’re using chlorine, the level should remain between 1.5 and 3 ppm. Don’t use too much chlorine, because that can damage the hot tub equipment and the cover.

Clean the Filter Every 2 Weeks

Just take the cartridge from the filter, and then use a hose to run water over each pleat and to get rid of dirt and other debris from the filter. Air dry the filter completely before you put it back. If you’re using your dishwasher to clean the filter cartridge, turn off the built-in water heater. The filter can be damaged by water over 140 degrees F.

If the filter becomes dirty again so soon after you clean it, it’s damaged or malfunctioning. You’ll need to replace it.

Clean the Hot Tub Cover Monthly

The cover is actually the one piece of equipment that does most of the work to keep your new hot tub clean, so you need to keep it clean as well. You should do this when it’s warm or sunny so it air dries more quickly.

Use a very gentle cleaner along with a soft sponge or a rag. Don’t use detergents, dish soaps, or abrasives as these may damage the topcoat of the vinyl. This will just cause the cover to deteriorate more quickly.

If your cover is vinyl, condition it once a month in the summer and 3 to 4 times during the entire year. If you have an acrylic cover, you just need to clean it once a month.

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