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Perma Shine Hot Tub Care and Maintenance

The first thing that you need to know is that your spa is not a tiny pool. Spa water—its treatment and parameters are much different than a swimming pool. The main difference of course, is the temperature—spa water is most often set between 102 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit, while a pool stands typically at 82 degrees, which also means that there's far more opportunity for bacteria growth in a spa. Plus hot water opens skin pores, making bathers much more susceptible to skin infections. When not properly cared for, spa water can be responsible for common ailments like rashes and urinary tract infections. It can also cause cloudy water and damage the spa surface and equipment!

The previous paragraph was not intended to scare you, but to educate and stress the importance of testing the water and keeping it balanced!

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY THESE THREE MAIN POINTS

pH
Some consider this the most important component of water balance. It measures how acidic or basic your water is. If it is not kept in check you run the risk of damaging your equipment, i.e. heating elements, pump seals, and the internal works on gas fired heaters, AND THE SPA SURFACE.

Total Alkalinity
If you thought pH was important, you were right. But, total alkalinity is even more important.
The total alkalinity is the buffer of pH, if it is not balanced correctly, the pH will not give you a correct reading. Total alkalinity is the ability to control pH. If your Total Alkalinity is too high, this can lead to scale formation of the Hot Tub surface. If too low, it can corrode metals and equipment.

Calcium Hardness
Sometimes referred to as "total hardness", calcium hardness is a measurement of minerals in your water including calcium and magnesium. If your Calcium Hardness is too high, THIS CAN ALSO LEAD TO SCALE FORMATION ON THE SPA SURFACE!