The spa is a small whirlpool pool very popular for rest and relaxation. Alone or in addition to a swimming pool, it has become in a few years a flagship equipment for the exteriors of our homes. Nevertheless, for it to function properly and for its water to be healthy, it is necessary to maintain it carefully and to ensure that it is cleaned properly. Here are the mistakes not to make when cleaning a spa!
Mistake #1: Not Paying Attention to Water Balance
Spa water is just as sensitive as swimming pool water. It is therefore imperative to maintain the right balance with rigor and regularity. At least once a week, check the pH, hardness and alkalinity of the water using test strips. If the measurements are incorrect, do not wait to remedy it in order to rebalance the pool as quickly as possible.
Mistake #2: Not Filtering Water Properly
The spa is not a swimming pool and is generally not used as often or for as long. However, it is just as exposed to the many elements that dirty its water. Plant debris, sweat, sunscreen products, pollution, dead skin… it is imperative to eliminate them with a well-sized filtration device. Let it run long enough during the season to clean the water well and remember to rinse it regularly to optimize its operation. To preserve your water and your spa, the filtration must indeed operate at least 8 hours a day.
Mistake #3: Not disinfecting the water
To keep spa water safe and clean for swimming, it must be sanitized like that of a swimming pool. It is therefore imperative to use compatible treatment products, well dosed and on a regular basis to preserve the quality of the water. Chlorine and bromine are the most recommended products for this equipment. Without a treatment product, bacteria and algae will quickly develop and make the jacuzzi unsuitable for use.
Mistake #4: Not Covering Your Spa
Do not leave your spa in the open air or cover it with an unsuitable cover. To preserve the fragile balance of the water and the good condition of your equipment, but also to maintain the right water temperature and save energy, and to prevent dirt from accumulating in the tank, it It is imperative to cover it with a suitable protection for spa when it is not used. You will thus limit the time to dedicate to its maintenance and you will avoid the risk of drowning of animals and young children by opting for an effective barrier.
Mistake #5: Postponing spa cleaning
Your spa should be cleaned regularly. Avoid postponing your intervention and waiting until your bin is really dirty to act, because the consequences of this procrastination are multiple. On the one hand, the bathing water is dirtier and must generally be replaced in its entirety, which increases the amount of your bills for water and energy to heat it. On the other hand, you expose your equipment to premature wear and you have to devote much more time to stripping and cleaning dirty accessories. It would be a shame to deprive you of the use of your spa simply to save you a few minutes of intervention per week!
Mistake #6: Not Maintaining the Spa Properly
It is not enough to maintain the water of the spa, but also to clean all its equipment once a week or every two weeks in the season of use. Clean the tank with a soft sponge, remove greasy deposits from the water line, rinse the spa filter and replace the cartridge if necessary, rinse the tank and fill it with water before restart it.
Mistake #7: Not cleaning stains
The spa tank can become stained with use and seasons. These are usually mold or stains from unsuitable products. Act without delay so as not to let them spread and damage the tank.
Mistake #8: Not draining the spa
Once a quarter, it is necessary to drain the spa, clean it thoroughly and rinse it well before refilling it and restarting it. This drain is essential for its proper functioning.
In addition, if your spa is outdoors and not used in winter, plan for a complete drain before the first frosts. Empty and wash the tank and drain the pipes well to prevent frost from attacking them. Wait until the thaw is well established to restart your equipment.