Hot Tub Chemicals Setup

Hint: to keep your water fresh, add a capful of chlorine after you use the hot tub and cycle the pumps on, before you cover it. That way, the chlorine will work on killing any bacteria you have left behind from your spa session.

Quick Version of Chemistry Setup - 2 Pump Models (all items are contained in the Startup Chemical Kit): 1. As you are filling the tub with water, put in entire bottle of Metal Gone in the water (this product is CRITICAL each time you do a fresh fill of your spa).

2. Run spa pumps 10 minutes to mix water (getting a good mix is very important so that when you test your water, the results will be accurate).

3. Use a test strip to check Alkalinity and PH.

4. Turn pumps on high so you have maximum agitation.

5. If your PH is high, add a Capful of PH Down...if it is low, add a capful of PH Up

6. Let pumps run until they timeout (20 minutes)

7. Dip another test strip to check PH

8. If PH is still high, use another capful of PH down (run pumps 20 minutes again to get a full mix in the water).

9. If PH is good, but alkalinity low, about 1/2 capful of PH Up should fix this.

10. If PH and Alkalinity are good, move onto the following steps:

Then Add:

  • 2 Oz of Defender
  • 2 Oz of Bright and Clear
  • 1 Oz of Enzyme
  • 1 measuring cup (the cup in the kit) full of chlorine

Let pumps run a full 20 minutes again.Check that the Chlorine level is between 2 and 4 ppm. If low, add more, if high, it will slowly get used up, don't worry about this.

Quick Version of Chemistry Setup - 1 Pump Models (all items are contained in the Startup Chemical Kit):

1. As you are filling the tub with water, put in entire bottle of Metal Gone in the water (this product is CRITICAL each time you do a fresh fill of your spa).

2. Run spa pump 10 minutes to mix water (getting a good mix is very important so that when you test your water, the results will be accurate).

3. Use a test strip to check Alkalinity and PH.

4. Turn pump on high so you have maximum agitation.

5. If your PH is high, add a Capful of PH Down...if it is low, add a capful of PH Up

6. Let pump run until it times out (20 minutes)

7. Dip another test strip to check PH

8. If PH is still high, use another capful of PH down (run pump 20 minutes again to get a full mix in the water).

9. If PH is good, but alkalinity low, about 1/2 capful of PH Up should fix this.

10. If PH and Alkalinity are good, move onto the following steps:

Then Add:

  • 2 Oz of Defender
  • 2 Oz of Bright and Clear
  • 1 Oz of Enzyme
  • 1 measuring cup (the cup in the kit) full of chlorine

Let pump run a full 20 minutes again.Check that the Chlorine level is between 2 and 4 ppm. If low, add more, if high, it will slowly get used up, don't worry about this.

To minimize the need for chlorine or other sanitizer, we also highly recommend the Spa Mineral Stick. Just float it in the skimmer and one stick lasts about 3 months. With a combination of the Ozone Generator we put on every spa, and the Spa Mineral Stick, you will be able to minimize the amount of chlorine you need.

We typically recommend chlorine for its effectivness and low cost to use, but you are welcome to use any alternative sanitizer you prefer, for example bromine.