They may be less hassle than a pool, but don’t “set and forget” your spa! This simple five step regime can keep your spa ready for fun at any time
Owning a spa is all about luxurious relaxation in your own backyard. But although they take up less space and require less maintenance than a pool, you can’t ignore them altogether. Fortunately, there’s a simple five step regime to keep your spa ready for fun at a moment’s notice.
Gary Beecroft from Waterco says it’s important to adhere to a regular maintenance program of testing. This involves the pH and alkalinity, balancing and sanitising the water, cleaning the filter cartridge, checking phosphate and algae levels and cleaning and degreasing the spa’s pipes.
A significant number of Australians suffer from skin allergies and conditions such as asthma. Swimart has also noticed an increase in demand for its chlorine-free range of treatments – the Poppits Peroxsil range from Waterco.
Poppits offers a viable, healthy alternative to traditional chlorine and bromine chemical sanitising solutions. It’s approved by the Sensitive Choice® program of the National Asthma Council Australia and the Asthma Foundation New Zealand.
“The therapeutic benefits of spas are widely accepted, with users enjoying a sense of wellbeing, in addition to relief from chronic pain and physical discomfort,” says Gary.
“However, these benefits are lost on people with allergies, sensitive skin and respiratory conditions which are exacerbated by exposure to chlorinated water. This has created a perfect market for Waterco’s Pool & Spa Poppits range of chlorine-free products.”
The Poppits Peroxsil 395 chlorine free spa sanitiser range uses hydrogen peroxide (H²O²). This is a powerful yet versatile oxidant that is both safe and effective, in addition to a silver additive. Both of these are excellent anti-pathogenic substances.
“Hydrogen peroxide is one of the most powerful oxidisers known – stronger than chlorine, chlorine dioxide and potassium permanganate,” Gary adds.
“H²O² is also formed by the action of sunlight on water – a natural purification system for our environment.”
Peroxsil 395 replaced the Poppits Sanosil range in May 2016. Pool and spa owners use it in exactly the same way as Sanosil, with similar dosage rates for start-up and maintenance. Gary says there has been increasing demand for the Poppits range of solutions for swim spas in residential homes.
“Our customers say they like the simplicity of the three step process, which includes testing, balancing and sanitising the water and they like how the sanitiser can also be dispensed through a Poppit Doser,” he says.
“And it’s relatively easy to convert the spa to a system which is completely free of chlorine/bromine, which has no odours, is easy to control and maintain and is sympathetic to the environment.”
Following are Poppits’ tips for spa maintenance:
Keep the levels of pH, total alkalinity and calcium hardness in the water steady. With this in place, water is more comfortable to swim in, and less irritant to skin and eyes. Our skin’s natural pH level sits around 7-7.8pH: a spa’s pH needs to be as close as possible to that. Going too far above or below these levels will make the water acidic (0-6) or alkaline (8-14): needless to say, it makes the water uncomfortable to swim in!
Sanitising products usually contain chlorine, such as Lithium and Bromine; however, there are some products available that do not, such as Hydrogen Peroxide.
Oxidising is the best way to dissolve organic and inorganic material contaminating your space. This includes anything from make-up, to sweat to bugs! Fortunately, some sanitisers also oxidise, making your job easier. If you only use your spa a few times a week with around three people in it, then you should only have to oxidise once every two or three weeks (unless your sanitiser does not oxidise, then you need to do it weekly). However, if there is a higher level of organic or inorganic materials in the water than usual due to more frequent use or use by more people, you might want to oxidise it as soon as you can.
Water looking dull or cloudy? Causes include heavy use, weather conditions, insufficient filtration, sanitisers not doing their job properly, or contamination by phosphates (which causes the sanitiser to be used up overnight). Clarifying the water works to prevent or treat water to stop this.
If phosphates are the problem, it is more urgent to use a clarifier sooner rather than later. Be sure to use a phosphate starver to hit the problem hard.
Otherwise, regularly working a clarifier into your spa maintenance routine will help prevent the water from becoming dull or cloudy in the first place. The ideal product for this is Poppits Pool & Spa Complete Maintenance.
Filtration of your spa should be ongoing every day. Four hours of spa filtering maintains water quality and cleanliness. Larger spas, and those in frequent use, should filter the water for a longer time period. An efficient filter is essential to keep your spa in tiptop condition, and so it is very important to maintain your filter.
Clean the filter cartridges properly and regularly with chemical cleaners rather than just hosing them off. But take care with the chemicals; add them to the water rather than adding water to them. Let the filters cartridges dry before returning them to the spa.
Swimart stocks an exclusive range of portable spas from Resort Spas which are available in a range of colours and finishes to suit your landscape, home and personal taste. If you’re a pool and spa owners, take a water sample to your closest Swimart store to have it tested free of charge.
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