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Water Care & Safety

Water Maintenance

Proper water maintenance is a vital element in any spa. Warm temperatures and a unique set of conditions require that you properly test and maintain your pool / spa water for health and appearance reasons. With little effort, however, you can have clean water and total enjoyment from your pool and spa.

The cozy environment of your pool / spa can be maintained by minding three main components – water filtration, chemical balance/pH control and water sanitation.

Water sanitation is tops on your to-do list, and can be achieved through the regular addition of a sanitizer approved by your pool /spa pa dealer. The sanitizer – typically a bromine- or chlorine-based product – controls the bacteria and algae in the pool / spa water.

The introduction of the bacteria-fighting products necessitates that you monitor your water balance. You will have to add products to maintain proper levels of Total Alkalinity (TA), Calcium Hardness (CH) and pH. Chemical balance helps keep the water clean and your guests soaking in comfort, but it also promotes the longevity of your pool and spa. Proper balance repels mineral deposits and makes equipment resistant to corrosion.

Frequent testing of the water – preferably weekly – will allow you to maintain the proper balance.

Your pool / spa dealer can point you toward the appropriate pool / spa care products. When treating your water, be certain to follow the pool / spa care product manufacturer’s label instructions.

Chemical Safety

Always read all chemical labels and instructions carefully prior to use and be sure to follow the directions. Keep all chemicals out of the reach of children and be sure to properly store and handle chemicals in accordance with label instructions.

Basic Pool & Spa Maintenance

Periodic maintenance and cleaning will help ensure a long life for your Pool and Spa.

Once a month, the filter should be cleaned using a product specifically designed for filter cleaning and degreasing. Your pool / spa authorized dealer can recommend an appropriate product.

The pool / spa surfaces also need some occasional TLC. Between refills or as needed, clean the surface using a dealer authorized cleaner. If scale has formed, your dealer may need to select a stain and scale remover to get the job done. This is also the ideal time to give your pool / spa surface some extra protection, applying a dealer approved protectant and sealant.

Proper water balance is also key to your pool and or spa’s performance. Sanitizing, protecting against mineral deposits, and controlling foam and algae will all support superior spa performance. For more information on water balance, see the water maintenance section below.

Basic Pool / Spa Safety

Safety is the watchword in all water-based environments, and your spa is no different. By learning and adhering to a few simple tips, you’ll ensure an enjoyable pool / spa experience for your friends and family.

• Maintain constant adult supervision when children are in or near ANY body of water.

• Install fences, barriers and spa covers to prevent unsupervised access, especially by young children.

• Always completely remove your pool / spa cover before using your spa.

• Inspect your pool / spa equipment on a regular basis to ensure that it is in good working order and that it is safe.

• Always test the temperature of your spa’s water before entering the spa. It is recommended that maximum water temperature never exceed 104°F (40°C). Do not soak for more than 15 minutes at one sitting in 104°F (40°C) water.

• Individuals with certain medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, high or low blood pressure, and pregnant women, should not use a spa without advance approval by their physician. If a person has any doubt as to whether a medical condition should limit their use of a pool / spa, they should seek prior consultation with their physician. Individuals with open cuts or wounds should not use a spa until completely healed.

• Never use a pool / spa when you are alone and never use a spa while using or after using alcohol or drugs that may cause sleepiness, drowsiness, or raise or lower blood pressure.

• Ask your city about any specific rules and regulations that apply to spa ownership, including local electrical codes.

• Do not allow unsafe or risky behavior in and around the pool / spa.

• Your pool or spa’s jets, grates, skimmer and main drain should be properly maintained and secured. Pool and spa users should be instructed not to stick any part of their body into such outlets as entrapment and drowning can occur. Pool and spa users with long hair should also be cautioned not to get their hair near such outlets.

• Keep a first aid kit in close proximity to your pool/ spa.

• Maintenance and safety manuals contain detailed tips and recommendations and should be read, followed and applied on a regular basis.


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