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How to Care for your Spa, Hot Tub or Swim Spa

Care and Feeding Of Your New Hot Tub or Spa


Always follow instruction when adding chemicals.   More is not better!

Start Up Procedure:
  • Fill spa with fresh water
  • Start one or both pumps on Hi speed to prime pumps (moving water)
  • Add 1 quart of Ph Balancer to spa’s over 250 gallons (this will last until the next drain and fill)
    • ½ quart Ph Balancer to spas under 250 gallons
  • Add ¼ cup of Non-Chlorine shock
  • Place 2 Bromine tables in floater of filter area
  • Set to desired temperature being sure to keep spa cover on when not in use.
Basic Maintenance program:
  • Check water once a week with test trip or test kit
  • Add 2 Bromine tablets weekly (if test high sanitizer cut back to 1 tablet a week)
  • Add 2 tablespoons Non-Chlorine Shock 2 times a week for high use Hot Tubs and once a week for low use Hot Tubs.
  • Add 2 capfuls of Super Blue Clarifier once a week to aide water filtration
  • Adjust Ph up or down depending on test results
  • Use Defoamer in small amounts if foam appears when tub is in use

If foaming is a persistent problem 1 teaspoon of Calcium can be added every 2 or 3 weeks.  Remember, large amounts of Calcium can lead to scaling of spa walls.

If you have an Ozonator Bromine and Non-Chlorine Shock can be reduced but not eliminated.  Drain Spa every 2 to 3 months based on use.  Refill with fresh water and follow Stat-Up Procedures directions listed above.

** Note:  Replacing 1 foot of water in your spa once a month with fresh water can postpone complete draining and refilling of your spa

Filter Care:

Filter cleaning should be done as needed based on use.  At least once a month filter should be removed and cleaned by hosing and soaking in approved spa filter cleaner.  It is a good idea to purchase a second filter cartridge as a spare.  Cartridges usually last approximately 1 year.

Cover and Cabinet Care:

Cover should be cleaned periodically with mild soap solution using laundry soap being sure soap does not drip into spa.  If mod is present mix 1 part bleach to 4 part water solution, spray on the cover, let stand for 15 minutes then rinse with clear water.  When cover is dry apply 303 Aerospace Protectant to top side of cover for added protection.  Rinse cabinet with fresh water periodically if necessary, soap and water mixture may be used.  Armoral will help keep your cabinet looking shiny and new.


If you are going to drain your spa for any length of time during the winter months it is imperative that all water is removed from internal plumbing.  To do this drain all water from tub and suck all the water from every jet using a wet/dry vac.  The unions on suction side of the pump need to be loosened and the water sucked out as well.  Leave hardcover on the spa and cover with weighted down tarp.  If you have any questions or concerns about Winterizing please call.

Remember the 2 basic goals of water balance are:
  • Protect users form irritating or unsafe water
  • Protect equipment form corrosion or scaling

If you follow the program you will enjoy your Hot Tub for years with little or no trouble.  Always remember we are here to help, so don’t hesitate to call, even with the simplest questions.

Good Luck with your new Hot Tub,
John Voss