Sure, your hot tub is clean – but is the water’s acidity and alkalinity balanced? Different regions of the country have different types of water, so it’s important to treat your hot tub water with care. Read on to learn what you need to know to maintain your hot tub’s pH balance.
Why Maintain pH?
Your hot tub’s pH, or the measure of how alkaline or acidic your water is, should always be balanced to avoid problems. Water that’s too acidic can irritate the eyes and skin, damage hot tub covers and corrode components of the hot tub.
On the flip side, with water that’s too alkaline, you’ll likely see mineral deposits or “scaling” developing on your tub’s surface. These minerals can cause permanent staining. Alkaline can also cause water to become cloudy.
It’s no surprise both conditions result in an unpleasant bathing experience, which is why maintaining a chemical balance in your tub is critical.
Tools to Keep It Balanced
Fortunately, keeping your tub well balanced doesn’t require a lot of guesswork. There are numerous tools available for this purpose:
- Test strips. To check your water’s pH balance, use test strips. Experts recommend checking the water’s condition every time you enter the tub. Testing only takes a few seconds. It’s also a good idea to keep a log of how acidic or alkaline the water is. You’ll notice patterns, allowing you to treat accordingly.
- pH decreasers. These products reduce the alkalinity of your spa to help reach the ideal pH of 7.4.
- pH increasers. Largely made up of baking soda, a pH increaser will decrease the acidity of your spa to ensure a safer bathing experience.
- pH balancers. Once you have achieved an ideal balance in your spa’s water, a pH balancer will lock that pH. This allows spa owners to avoid rebalancing.