Inground spa Maintenance: Your Guide on How to Maintain a Inground Spa
Maintaining an in-ground spa and its equipment is critical to the life of the spa, as well as water clarity and the health of everyone who uses it. As a result, staying informed on how to maintain an in-ground spa properly and following a regular spa maintenance schedule are important. This, as well as correct Inground spa water care, in particular, will substantially decrease your chance of getting Inground spa rash and other bacterial and chemically induced health problems.
This comprehensive guide to spas includes a wide range of topics on how to keep your Inground spa in tip-top shape. If you have the time, read it all.
Daily Inground Spa care
- Add a registered sanitizer after use to maintain the sanitizer levels
- Check and maintain sanitizer levels even when the spa doesn’t get used
- Check the water temperature to ensure there are no problems with the system
Weekly Inground spa maintenance
- Test sanitizer, alkalinity, and pH levels
- Shock the water
- Add stain and scale control
- Adjust water pH and alkalinity, if necessary and as required
- Wipe off debris above the water line to reduce contaminants
- Rinse the filters, if needed
- Wipe down both sides of the spa cover to prevent mildew and mold
Monthly spa maintenance
- Clean the filters properly
- Check that jets are correctly working
Quarterly jacuzzi maintenance
- Clean the pipes
- Empty and clean the Inground spa
- Remove and install a new or clean filter
- Refill water
- Add chemicals and test levels
- Clean Inground spa exterior walls
HOW TO CLEAN AN INGROUND SPA
Changing the water in an Inground spa is an important part of its upkeep. Even before you fill the spa, Inground Spa maintenance begins. Even new spas should be cleaned, since residues from the production process may accumulate in the pipes and cause clogs. So learn to clean a Inground spa meticulously and faithfully follow this in your spa maintenance plan.
When and how to drain & clean an Inground spa
Whether you use your Inground spa on a daily or occasional basis, it must be drained and cleaned on a regular basis. This is essential to ensure that the water in your Inground spa remains clear and safe for bathers. The standard recommendation for this aspect of upkeep is every three to four months. However, the bather load of your Inground spa is a more accurate method to determine when maintenance is required. The following calculation will help you avoid putting dirty, cloudy Inground spa water:
- Divide the number of Gallons your Inground spa holds by 3 (Gallons ÷ 3 = Result)
- Divide the Result by the number of Bathers in your Inground spa each day (Result ÷ Bathers = Days)
- Days is the number of Days you can go between changing your water
Depending on how much your Inground spa is used, you may need to empty it every 30-40 days. If your spa gets little use, the result can be more than 120 days. However, it is critical to drain a spa at least once every four months for optimum performance. Other elements influence jacuzzi maintenance requirements, including as the number of people who use it and the amount of time they do so. It’s also likely that you should drain any of the following:
- cloudy or tinted water
- you have to add chemicals more than usual
INGROUND SPA WATER MAINTENANCE
One of the most common problems that Inground spa owners face is cloudy and foul-smelling water. One of the biggest challenges that in-ground spas confront is hazy, smelly water. The following sections on in-ground spa water maintenance will help you maintain clear, healthy Inground spa water for bathers.
Balancing Inground spa water
Because Inground spas do not require draining after each use, they must be sanitized and kept clean and clear with chemicals. However, bromine and chlorine rashes can be elicited by the chemicals. As a result, maintaining proper water levels in an Inground spa is critical.
The ultimate goal is a balanced pH, meaning neither the alkalinity nor acidity of the water is too high or too low. If the water is too alkaline, then the pH is too high, and if it is too acidic, the pH is low. The optimal pH level for spa water is generally between 7.2 and 7.8. Use chemicals to change the pH if it’s too high or low.
The total alkalinity of water (TA) is the measurement of soluble compounds in water that are considered alkaline. The sanitizer will be more effective when your Inground spa water is in balance. The total alkalinity should be between 80 and 120 ppm.) If the TA is too high or too low, use a product designed to increase or decrease the TA to bring it into the proper range.
Another spa care consideration is water hardness. The water may become corrosive and harm components of the spa when hardness levels are too low (the water is too soft). The ideal hardness for an Inground spa is typically between 175 and 250 ppm. A test kit or test strips may be used to determine hardness levels. Adding calcium hardness increaser, which is available from your professional spa supplier, is easy compared to some aspects of Inground spa water maintenance; all you have to do is add it.
Up to 400 ppm is generally fine for Inground spas, but check with your spa’s maker to be safe. Calcium levels can result in scummy Inground spa water and scale on the surfaces of your spa. High calcium is more difficult to address, and specific filters, scale prevention, or water-clarifying products may be required.
Protect from Water Impurities
Use a stain and scale control product to keep your Inground spa free of mineral and metal impurities that are naturally present in water. Simply choose one that’s designed for Inground spas and follow the instructions.
Sanitize with Bromine or Chlorine
- Measure the level of bromine or chlorine in your water.
- Add chlorine or bromine according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Shock the water once a week.
Shock the water
- Completely remove the Inground spa cover.
- Adjust pH and total alkalinity if necessary and as required.
- To prepare for shocking the water, turn on the Inground spa for proper distribution of the shock; but turn off any air jets or aerators so the chemicals can do their job effectively.
- Add the appropriate amount of shock.
- Leave the lid open for 20 minutes after shocking.
Filter care: a Inground spa maintenance essential
To prevent murky Inground spa water and maintain clarity, the filter should be cleaned at least once a month. Filters should be cleaned at least once a month, but they may need to be cleansed more frequently based on usage; filter cleaning is dependent on use.When a bather enters the water with body lotion or hair gel or other body care products, they may clog the filter and make it ineffective. Even if the filter was just cleaned a few days ago, these items might cause murky Inground spa water. Filters are a necessary component of Inground spa care for maintaining water clarity. Find out how to clean your Inground spa filter in the section ‘how to clean a Inground spa step-by-step.’ It’s easier to keep a filter clean than it is to clean one.
COMMON HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS TO CLEAN A INGROUND SPA
Only products specifically certified for cleaning Inground spas should be used. Some spa owners, on the other hand, prefer to use everyday items to clean their Inground spas. The following are some common household items that may safely be used on your Inground spa:
Vinegar and water
This is a simple yet effective technique for preventing your Inground spa’s shell from clogging up. To make the vinegar solution, combine one part water and one part vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray down the tub’s surface and leave it for 15 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
After that, clean the surfaces of your tub with a soft cloth to remove any visible stains or organic debris. Repeat applications of the vinegar solution should be enough to solve the problem.
It’s also an effective technique for removing algae from your spa cover’s underside.
Olive oil for gunk
Olive oil is one of the most common household items used to clean an Inground spa if there’s anything sticky on the shell. Simply wet a cloth with olive oil and gently massage it until the gunk melts down. When you’re finished, wash away the oil using mild detergent and water so that it doesn’t affect your filter’s performance.
A bleach solution may also be used to clean the shell of your spa and help to sanitize it. Diluted bleach is more effective than vinegar in getting rid of scum lines and stubborn stains.
To implement this approach, wear rubber gloves and combine bleach with 10 parts water. Don’t mix bleach with anything else to avoid a hazardous chemical reaction. After that, clean the shell carefully and thoroughly.
Another alternative for cleaning the underside of your spa cover is diluted bleach. However, it is harsher on vinyl than vinegar and water, which can lead to its deterioration over time. Wipe down the underside of the cover with a dilute bleach solution carefully. If mildew remains, wait only a few minutes before washing it thoroughly. Then rinse repeatedly.
Another one of the most frequent home goods to clean a swimming pool is baking soda. Because it’s a mild abrasive, it’s an excellent method for removing scum lines and stains. To form a paste, combine baking soda with a wet cloth. Rub gently until the gunk is gone, then wash away the baking soda with water.
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