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How to Take Care of the Water in Your Hot Tub or Spa

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If you own a hot tub, it can say a lot about who you are. It could mean you enjoy relaxation and the finer things in life, that you’re in a position to make such an investment, and that you take your home and your health seriously. Unfortunately without the proper care, your hot tub could also say something else about you: that you don’t take much of this seriously at all.

Like anything else, hot tubs and their water need regular, routine maintenance. It’s nothing too hard, but it’s important to educate yourself. If you own a hot tub or spa, read these tips for hot tub water care and give your investment the attention it deserves. It’ll last longer, feel better, and most importantly be safer.

Measure Chemical and Mineral Levels

If you’re like most people, you’ve filled your hot tub with regular municipal water from a garden hose or other source. Unfortunately, this water is made for water pipes and faucets, not hot tubs. Salinity, pH balance, alkalinity, and other chemical balances might not be appropriate for your hot tub.

Spa test strips, which are available at any hot tub store, can be used to test your hot tubs water easily and quickly. Just dip a test strip in the spa’s water and wait for the colors to show you the results. Water should be checked once or twice a week, depending on how often your spa is used.

Balance the Water with Chemicals

Depending on what your spa test trips tell you, you may need to balance the water with chemical treatment. There are specific chemical treatments to adjust each measurement.

Note: if multiple chemicals need to be added, do it in this order: alkalinity, calcium, pH. These chemicals can be purchased at spa supply stores, for more instruction ask the employees at your local store or follow the instructions that come with the chemicals. Your hot tub’s manufacturer may also have more information about balancing the water according to its specific needs.

Add Sanitizer

Warm, bubbly water is an excellent environment for bacteria to grow, so sanitizer will need to be added to your hot tub’s water regularly. Mineral sanitizers are a popular choice – ceramic beads coated with silver that are placed into the spas water filtration system. Over time silver ions are released into the water, inhibiting bacterial growth.

Biguanide (peroxide), bromine, and simple chlorine are other popular options for sanitizing a hot tub’s water. Chlorine and bromine are probably the most popular options, as they’re easy to use and work in most spas. They can irritate some people’s skin and eyes however. If this is the case with you, another mineral-based solution might be preferable.

Don’t Forget to Change the Filter!

Every two weeks you should change your spa filter. Take out the cartridge and clean out any dirt or debris from the pleats using warm soap and water. Be sure to rinse thoroughly! Some people change the filter cartridge in their dishwasher – if you’d like to take this route, make sure that the dishwasher doesn’t get any hotter than 140 °F (60 °C), as this could cause permanent damage.

If you find yourself needing to wash your filter more and more frequently, it’s probably to replace the cartridge.

For more information about hot tubs and spas from Marquis, Dream Maker, and more, contact Brothers Pool in Wallingford, CT. In addition to sales and service, Brothers Pool has a full retail selection of test strips, treatment chemicals, and more.

Non-Chlorine Pool Cleaners

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We know the role chlorine plays in keeping swimming pools clean and safe. The downside is the possibility of irritated eyes and skin.

There are options when you are shopping for pool cleaners.

Baquacil and Poolside, both offered by Brothers Pool, gives you some of those non-chlorine pool-cleaning options.

Baquacil allows you to transform your home’s swimming pool into a chlorine-free environment, without sacrificing safety. Baquacil contains a unique chemical structure that offers stability and reliability. Not only is it free of chlorine, it is also unaffected by pH fluctuations, sunlight and temperature.

Baquacil offers protection against swimming pool bacteria. Sanitzer by Baquacil can control bacteria levels for 10-14 days.

One of the products offered by Baquacil is a three-step pool care system that is completely free of chlorine. Stop into Brothers Pool today to find out more.

Brothers Pool is also proud to offer a full line of Poolife pool care products. Poolife features a non-chlorine oxidizer. This pool care products is designed to fight off organic molecules that accumulate in the pool over time. A strong, non-chlorine oxidizer will destroy soluble organic containments and add to the cleanliness and safety of your swimming pool.

Brothers Pool is committed to pool excellence and pool education. We welcome you to stop into our store and talk to an experienced member of the Brothers Pool team.

Is a Saltwater System the Best Option for a Hot Tub?


testingIf you are a first-time hot tub buyer, the idea of saltwater in a hot tub may seem a bit strange. In reality, saltwater hot tub systems have been gaining steam for years. Yet, is this the best way to produce clean, sanitized hot tub water?

We already know about pools that incorporate saltwater technology. Why should hot tubs be any different?

First, let’s look at the saltwater system background. Saltwater systems for swimming pools have been around for about 35 years. The process involves the use of electrolysis to convert salt to chlorine or bromine. It’s a simple concept: The salt-generating system creates a chemical to sanitize the water.

So we know this system is being used successfully in pools. Yet, we need to be cognizant of the differences between hot tubs and pools.

A pool is a much larger body of water than a hot tub. Pool water, even in heated pools, tends to be much cooler than the water in a hot tub. When a hot tub is not in use, it is covered. This does not allow the chemicals to vent. A hot tub also tends to have more metal components than a swimming pool. This means a greater chance of corrosion because of the salt. Also, salt contains sodium, which could build up in the hot tub.

At the end of the day, you are going to choose the hot tub that’s best for you and your home. The idea of “different” technology might seem appealing at first. That’s why it’s important to educate yourself on the maintenance and cleaning needs of a hot tub.

You don’t have to go it alone. The team at Brothers Pool is dedicated to helping people learn about swimming pools and personal spas. Brothers Pool takes tremendous pride in pool education and customer service.

Your Pool and Your Hair

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The unofficial start to summer is here, which means pool season is in full force.

This is great news because we love pool season. Some folks, however, are a little hesitant about pool season because of hair.

The likely reason for this is the reservations some people have about the impact of pool chemicals on hair.

Let’s be clear: Pool chemicals are a necessity. They help protect you and your family from bacteria while swimming. Don’t substitute or compromise pool safety. However, if you are concerned, there are ways to protect your hair.

• Wear a skin cap. This might not represent the most stylish of fashion statements but it keeps hair relatively dry from pool water, which should lessen the impact of the chemicals.
• If you have longer hair, consider tying it on the top of your head (this solution is less effective if you have a crew cut).
• Wet your hair BEFORE you get in the pool. Wetting hair beforehand is beneficial because damp hair soaks up fewer chemicals than dry hair.

If you’ve got pool chemical questions, talk to the team that knows all about swimming pools. We’re talking about the crew at Brothers Pool. Bring your questions to Brothers Pool and you’ll get your answers you need.

What is a Salt Generator?

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What’s a salt generator? Glad you asked. Step right up. It’s time for some pool education.

Life is about choices (well, actually, life is about a lot of things and choices is right up there). If you choose to have an outdoor swimming pool installed, you’ll have to choose the make and model of the pool. You will also choose what chemicals and cleaning methods you will use to maintain your pool.

Hopefully, you will use the knowledge available to you and make the right choices. After all, this stuff is important.

For instance, maybe you’ll decide a salt chlorinator is the way to go for your pool chlorinating needs. This brings us back to that original question: What is a salt chlorinator?

Let’s answer that question by taking a closer look at salt. When the ions of salt are passed over the specially-coated blades found in a salt chlorine generator and induced with a low-voltage electricity charge, the salt is converted into chlorine. This process is similar to the one that converts seawater into laundry detergent. It’s a natural process that pays wonderful dividends for your pool.

AutoPilot has been doing this salt chlorine generator thing for nearly 40 years. This goes back to education. Know what you want for your family swimming pool. If you want to talk to experts, talk to the team at Brothers Pool. Every member of the Brothers Pool team is trained to answer all your questions. Brothers Pool carries AutoPilot generators and other AqauCal products.


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