Hot Tub Sanitation: Salt or Ozone

Salt Chlorine and Ozone Generators are very popular options when it comes to sanitizing spa water. They reduce the need for harsh chemicals such as chlorine and increase water safety, leaving your spa water clean and crystal clear.Backyard Paver Patio with Garden Accessories

So, what is the difference between both hot tub sanitation systems? According to LoveYourHotTub.comall chlorine is made from salt. Salt Generators split salt and make the purest form of chlorine. While ozonators require no consumables. Ozone Generators simply take air, convert it to ozone, which reverts back to oxygen

Though a normal filtration system and regular maintenance of the spa water is sufficient enough, implementing a salt system or ozonator to your spa will benefit you in the long run. However, it must be noted that both systems require some sort of maintenance:

  • Salt Systems have cells that may get calcium build-up and require to be cleaned up and replaced over time. The salt cells can be pretty expensive to replace, do some homework to find out how much it would cost to replace before installing one onto your hot tub.
  • Ozone generators use ozone lamps that also need to be replaced over time. Replacements depends how often you use your hot tub.Santa Barbara 22

Salt Systems, even though they require expensive replacement parts, can function without much maintenance. Ozonators, unfortunately, cannot function on their own and require chlorine or additional chemicals to function properly.

The best way to choose the right sanitation system is to weight out how much time and money your willing to provide you hot tub. Which ever sanitation system you choose, a Cal Spas hot tub will provide years of enjoyment and around-the-clock filtration to make sure your hot tub is always ready to go when you are. Cascade Waterfall2

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Lifespan of a Spa Cover

A proper and diligent spa cover care routine can be the difference between needing to buy a replacement cover in 5 years instead of 6 years. Here are some tips to increase the lifespan of a spa cover:Z735L_Pacifica_Environ

  • Keep the cover clean. The vinyl needs to stay clean and conditioned. Use a very mild detergent and water solution to clean the vinyl portion of the cover at least twice per month to keep your spa looking great and help expand the life of your spa cover.
  • Wipe chemical residue from the underside of the cover every chance you get. These residues, if left on the cover, start to break down the material causing it to become porous.
  • Maintain proper spa water chemistry. The better your spa water chemistry is maintained the vapors coming off the tub will be less corrosive. Making the vapors less corrosive leads to the protective layers of the cover to degrade more slowly, and increasing the lifespan of your spa cover.
  • Unzip the cover and clean just inside the zipper at least twice per year. Mildew has a tendancy to build up here and if you have not kept your sanitizer levels up you may develop this as a problem.
  • Remove the cover for 20-30 minutes after shocking your spa water. As the shock is burning out the Chloromines and Bromimines in your spa, highly corrosive vapors are released. Following this tip will protect your covers materials from premature degradation.
  • Completely remove the cover at least once per week to allow the water to drain out of it. Always completely remove the cover while using your hot tub.coverdiagram-popup1

Cover life expectancy depends on a lot of factors including amount of direct sun the cover receives, is it cared for correctly or abused, how the spa chemical regimen is followed, and varying weather patterns.Cover-Girl-1024x638

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Sanitizing Your Hot Tub

Some people look to hot tubs as a cost-effective alternative to pools. Yes, hot tubs provide the utmost relaxation and hydrotherapy benefits, but all hot tub owners should know that hot tubs aren’t small pools. Maintenance for swimming pools and hot tub water are very different and should be treated as such. It’s all about water chemistry.

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Shock treatment, alkalinity, pH, hard water and sanitizers are all terms that can intimidate any new hot tub owner, however there is no need to fear! Hot tub water maintenance is quite simple.coleman spa 4

– Hot tub water is the perfect breeding ground for microorganisms and bacteria to breed if the water is not treated with the proper sanitizing system. Bacteria from our bodies, as well as airborne mold spores, algae, and even viruses can find their way into the water. Sanitizing systems such as bromine, can effectively destroy microorganisms and bacteria to keep your spa water safe and healthy to use.

– Shock treatment is the routine of applying a treatment to your spa water that oxidizes and diminishes dead organic material left behind from the sanitizing system, and material that is unable to be filtered such as dirt, soap, hair spray and perspiration. These contaminants provide a source of food for bacteria and algae if not treated correctly and in a timely manner. Regular shock treatments eliminate them and the organics on which bacteria feed.

– Alkalinity is measuring the ability of the water to resist changes in pH. Low alkalinity could cause a bigger problem than higher alkalinity. It’s smarter to adjust alkalinity before testing your hot tub pH. Maintaining the proper alkalinity will often bring the pH back to normal.

– Hard water is measured and caused by the amount of calcium dissolved in the water. Insufficient calcium hardness can sometimes promote equipment corrosion and also result in water foaming problems.Hydrotherapy

Cal Spas makes it easy to maintain your hot tub water. Find more information about Cal Spas hot tubs and products, here.