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Pool and Spa Care Tips

Posted by Brad Morris on February 22, 2013 at 7:10 PM

It usually costs about .50-1.00 per day to heat the spa in winter climates it might be closer to that 1.00-2.00 per day. Chemicals depending on the system and brand can cost typically about $200-$250 per year that's including if you need a pH increaser and decreaser, but you may not even need those at all. And I know jacuzzi filters are a little bit more on the pricey end versus QCA which is what spas I sell. I believe they are about $50, thankfully they are only replaced once a year and cleaned every four months when you drain and refill your spa. I also help customers with parts and mechanical and pretty much anything that happens on a Jacuzzi brand spa can happen on any of them. More common is a heating element and you will know when this happens because the breaker will trip instantly and pop your finger back. Another thing is usually pumps have a life of about 5-7 years, but keep an eye on the calcium hardness because low calcium (if it is on the soft side) is very corrosive to all copper elements in the spa, the barrings, pump seal, heating element etc... Jets will eventually need to be replaced, if they are plastic the chlorine breaks the jet down over time and seals can go bad. Also make sure that you filter at least 10-12 hours per day. The more you filter, the less chemicals you will need to maintain.

I recommend the Frog Mineral Reservior- it allows you to run 0-1 parts per million (ppm) of chlorine which is drinking levels of chlorine.

Weekly you would do:

1oz of a clarifier

1oz stain and scale inhibitor

2oz non-chlorine shock

After each use:

Add 1tsp per person for every half hour in the spa

The next time you go in there is hardly any chlorine and it saves the equipment in the long run!

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