How to use
some of the less common spa, swim spa and hot
tub chemicals? As the spa and
hot tub industry has matured, specialty chemical
products have evolved. There are specific
products - for specific problems!!! Various
products make maintenance easier or more
effective and choosing the right product for the
task can help assure a better prospect of
success, as well as saving time and money. If
problems arise, refer to the
Page, as a source of problem-solving
information, broken down into various
categories. Scroll down the page and click on the linked
or images, in the archived answers below, to access additional information, on that topic or product.
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Problem-Solving Information, in a question and
► Enzyme Spa
Alan, I was wondering if you could
share some info on a spa sanitizer, that is an enzyme
powered sanitizer. It sounds too good to be true. Is there a
catch with this product? Thanks.
Don S., 10/16/2017
Enzymes are not sanitizers. All sanitizers must have an EPA
registration number. Look for it. This product might help
requirements, but it is neither a
sanitizer or oxidizer. I like to be
able to measure a
sanitizer level. Free chlorine is
the active sanitizing form of
chlorine and the
recommended level is 1-3 PPM.
Very much higher levels can be
irritating. As a backup to chlorine
and to allow good results, while
maintain a lower chlorine level, you
might consider adding an EPA registered spa sanitizer and
disinfectant and will help you maintain a suitable free chlorine
level and maintain proper
sanitation. A salt
chlorine generator can do that,
while avoiding many of the issues,
associated with traditional chlorine
products. To further improve the water quality, an
Ozone Generator will make a big improvement and
reduce chemical usage. It will provide oxidation and reduce
chlorine usage, even more. I hope that this information
will prove helpful.
Sincerely. Alan Schuster 10/17/2017
Acid In A Spa?
Alan, awesome website. I just bought
the ColorQ Digital Water Analyzer and love it, as I'm
colorblind. I've never tested Cyanuric Acid before, and with
the ColorQ, I received a reading of "LOW" which means it is
too low for the ColorQ to register it (and according to
LaMotte, it is accurate +/- 10 when it is between 0-80).
Here's my question: If my ColorQ says there is no Cyanuric
Acid, and I have a hot-tub with a cover on all the time, do
I care? Should I somehow get the Cyanuric Acid up? If so,
how? Thank you for your awesome website! Regards.
Joseph F., 9/25/2018
Glad to hear the you are happy with the
ColorQ Digital Water
Analyzer. You do not need to have any cyanuric acid present.
A zero reading is expected, in a freshly filled spa or one
that has not been using dichlor. If you are using bromine,
none is being contributed by the chemicals and none is
required. I hope that this has resolved the matter. Enjoy
the hot water experience and thank you for the purchase of
Sincerely. Alan Schuster, 9/25/2018
► Enzymes In
Can enzyme products be used to help
deal with oily accumulations around the water line? Thanks.
C. M., Naples, FL, 12/19/2010
The removal of oily residues is one of the main uses of
Enzyme products. Enzymes help to digest or decompose these
organic deposits and help to prevent them from forming
"soaps." The formation of these "soaps" will add to the foam
problem. Regular additions are a good maintenance practice.
Enjoy the spa.
Sincerely. Alan Schuster, 12/19/2010
► Spa Water
My spa water gets cloudy on occasion.
It doesn't seem to be the water chemistry or the bromine
level, as all tests seem to be within balance. Is this a
filtering problem? Thank you for allowing the questions to
Joshua, Hicksville, NY, 2/27/2013
It certainly could be a filter problem, but it is difficult
to say for sure. It could be bather waste products, debris
and byproducts. Adding an enzyme treatment can help
decompose the waste products and help improve the water
clarity. The regular, periodic addition of a spa formula
clarifier can help improve the filter efficiency and help
eliminate the spa water clarity problem. Even better would
be a Nano-Stick Spa Clarifier. This 10-inch stick is hung in
the water and it uses a new 21st Century technology to
clarify water. It can last up to six months, while
not contributing any chemicals, but helping to eliminate
fine debris and improve clarify. I hope that the
information helps to clear things up.
Sincerely. Alan Schuster, 2/27/2013
► Protecting The Spa
Is there any sort of chemical
that is used to help protect the Spa Thermal Cover.
Sharon F., West Creek, NJ
If not there should be.
The Nano-Spray is a spa cover
protectant, that helps preserve the cover and reduce mold
problems and can last as long as 12 weeks. It uses
some new technology called Nano-Titanium. The same
technology is used in the Nano-Stick
Clarifier. I have been selling it for a few years
and there have been no complaints. Enjoy the hot water
► Benefits Of
My local spa dealer has been touting
the benefits of using enzymes in spas. Exactly, what do they
do? It is worth doing?
Leon H. Spartenburg, SC, 3/21/2012
Enzymes can do many beneficial things for your spa. Enzymes
can help digest or biodegrade oily residues, bather wastes,
cosmetic residues and organic byproducts. In turn, this can
improve the appearance of the waterline area and the water
clarity. And there's more. The oily residues can harbor
bacteria and impede sanitation, cause an increase in foaming
and require more frequent water replacement. Enzymes can
help remove organic deposits from the filter cartridge and
lead to better filter efficiency. If fact, the more the spa
is actually used, the more likely it is that an enzyme will
be of significant benefit. Enzymes work very well in spas
and hot tubs because the warm water helps to speed up the
degradation process. The end products of the process are
harmless inerts and there are no residues to buildup. Yes,
it is worth using! However, if it is being touted as a spa
sanitizer, that is another matter.
Sanitizers must be registered, with
the EPA, and enzymes are not
registered. While it can help
improve spa water quality,
sanitizing should be left to
products such as
salt chlorine generators,
chlorine and bromine. I hope that I have been helpful. Enjoy
the spa experience.
Sincerely. Alan Schuster, 3/21/2012
► Waxing A
Can I use auto wax on my spa?
I have no idea what is in an auto wax and, whether or not,
it is suitable for use on a spa. I suggest that you use a
product especially formulated for use in a spa. Check with
the spa manufacturer, as to care recommendations. Good luck.
Sincerely. Alan Schuster, 2/23/2011
I see products that are used to add a
fragrance to the spa. Are they safe? Can I use cosmetic bath
products? Thank you.
Joanne F., Arlington, VA, 4/9/2007
The spa fragrance items that are specifically formulated for
use in the spa environment are safe to use. These products
are not similar, in terms of their ingredients, to bath
products. Spa water is not changed after each use. Bath
water is. Do not use any cosmetic bath products in your spa.
To do so might result in cloudy water, loss of sanitizer and
oily residues. I hope that I have been helpful.
Sincerely. Alan Schuster, 4/9/2007
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