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If you want to learn about Jacuzzi hot tubs you've come to the right place. The Jacuzzi hot tub blog is a one stop shop for everything you need to know before, during and after you have purchased your Jacuzzi hot tub. Browse our recent posts below to see what's new.

What Is Water Alkalinity and Why Does It Matter?

Water alkalinity is a measure of your water’s ability to neutralize acids. It’s an important part of balancing pH levels and is often called a “buffer” because it helps the water resist drastic changes in pH. Unbalanced alkaline levels can have an adverse effect on your hot tub’s appearance and even affect your skin. Read on to learn more about this important part of hot tub water care.

Why It Matters

Low alkalinity is the more serious of the two extremes. It can cause rapid fluctuations in pH, because the water can’t as easily counteract the effects of acids, like acid rain or naturally occurring minerals. Such an environment has a cascade of effects on your hot tub’s appearance: it can damage and erode its surfaces, while also corroding metal parts, a perfect storm can result in unsightly stains. Low-alkaline water also won’t be able to balance the amount of phosphates, which feed algae, resulting in water that is green.

Too-high alkalinity can also result in green water, for a different reason: It can reduce the effects of the chlorine you use to keep algae under control. And while low alkalinity causes erratic pH, high alkalinity typically causes stubbornly high pH levels that are very difficult to lower. A high-pH environment can result in high calcium levels, making the water cloudy or causing “scale,” a hard, crusty mineral build-up.

Both high and low alkalinity at their most extreme can cause burning eyes and itchy skin. At less acute levels, water alkalinity can irritate the top layer of skin, causing it to feel dry and making it more susceptible to damage.

What You Can Do

Total alkalinity should be kept at 80–120 ppm. To raise low alkalinity and stabilize your pH, use sodium bicarbonate over a period of time. To lower high alkalinity, you can use a pH reducer or muriatic acid. Better yet, prevent mineral build-up and cloudy water from the start with ProtectPlus, which inactivates damaging minerals. For green water, use a shock treatment and work on restoring your hot tub’s overall pH balance. Once balanced, use a non-chlorine stabilizer like brominating tablets to control algae and bacteria.

As a general rule, always rinse off after your dip using warm water, not hot, and patting your skin dry instead of rubbing. See “How to Keep Your Skin Healthy After Soaks” for more tips on skin care.

Monitoring alkalinity in the water is an important part of hot tub maintenance. Unbalanced alkaline levels and pH can decrease the life expectancy of your hot tub and lead to costly issues down the road. Don’t skip this significant water maintenance step.

Hot Tub Maintenance 103: Keeping Water Clean

There’s nothing better at the end of the day than sinking into your hot tub and letting everything else melt away. While the buoyancy, heat, and circulation do a lot to soothe aching muscles and ease stress, relaxation actually starts with this first basic step: crystal clear water.

For the latest blog in our  hot tub maintenance series, we’ll provide you with helpful tips on water care to ensure your soaks always begin at their best:

Balance

Balance is key when maintaining the harmony of your home spa. Test your water with a kit or strips at least once a week to gauge total alkalinity and pH. The results will determine whether you need to use our Spa pH Up or Spa Alkalinity Down products to balance the levels in your tub.

Sanitize

Keeping your water pure begins with keeping it sanitized. Chlorine and bromide, used properly, will leave your tub smelling and looking fresh. Our CLEARRAY® UV-C uses ultraviolet technology to help reduce the need for these hot tub chemicals and maximize the efficiency of your water treatments.

Clean

Proper upkeep can extend the life of your equipment and the cleanliness of your hot tub. Make sure to clean your filters once a month. Our Filter Flosser filter cleaner and filter debris bags simplify the process and are easy to use.

Replace

Replacing failed or struggling spa equipment helps to keep your unit in good working order. Maintenance is easy and affordable, which saves you money in the long run in addition to ensuring a safe, hygienic environment for your family.

Refill

Draining and refilling your hot tub every few months will make it easier to balance PH, keep your filters clear, and minimize the use of sanitizers. Refreshing your water has the added benefit of allowing you to wash your home spa shell, so the whole tub is shining and spotless.

Protect

A spa cover will guard your investment against weathering by the sun or rain. It also helps to keep your water clean, bright, and sanitary. Maintaining your cover is as important as maintaining your hot tub, so be sure to scrub and rinse it to keep it in top condition.

Visit our Water and Hot Tub Care page to learn more about our products and water treatment systems, so your family can enjoy a clean, sparkling soak every day.

You can also view our previous blogs on Hot Tub Maintenance 101 and 102!

Understanding Hot Tub Chemicals

You’ve created an inviting backyard hot tub oasis with a masterfully designed stone patio, surrounded by lush and tropical plants. But the ambiance you worked so hard to create can be ruined with cloudy water. Don’t let spa maintenance keep you out of the warm waters. Follow our guide to hot tub chemicals to spend more time in your backyard paradise, and less time on water care:
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Spring Cleaning Your Hot Tub

Your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub helps you take great care of your body, so it goes without saying that it should be well maintained, too. As the spring-cleaning season approaches, don’t forget to include your hot tub on your To Do list. Here’s a checklist of what we recommend tidying up in the next few months in regards to your spa and its accoutrements:

Clean the Cover

Your hot tub cover is exposed to the elements year-round, and as such needs occasional care. A cleaning every month (not just every spring!) will keep your cover looking good and help it last longer. First use a nonabrasive cleaner like Jacuzzi® Cover Conditioner, then wipe the cover down with a damp cloth or sponge before rinsing with warm water. Got extra grime? Allow the cleaner to work its magic for a few extra minutes before wiping it down.

Check Filters

Spraying off your hot tub’s filters each week is a great habit to get into, but a faucet or hose can’t completely rid your filter of dirt and debris. This April, replace your filter if you haven’t done so. If you’re recently replaced your filter, now’s a good time to give your filter a dip in a Filter Cleaner to really clear it out. In general, we recommend that filters receive this overnight treatment monthly, but be sure to check your filter instruction manual before soaking your filters; some varieties should not be soaked due to risk of disintegration.

Clean Pillows

The cleaner that you use to sanitize the shell of your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub can also be used to clean any pillows you might have. When cleaning your pillows with a water-filled hot tub, spray the cleaner onto a cloth rather than directly onto the pillow. Wipe the pillow gently with the rag, then wipe again with a fresh wet rag.

Clean Steps

If you have single- or double-steps leading up to your hot tub—whether they’re plastic, mahogany, teak or synthetic wood—it’s important to keep them clean. Wipe the steps down with a damp cloth after every few hot tub sessions and give them a good scrub this spring.

Drain and refill your water

Get into the habit of draining and refilling your hot tub water every three to four months, or more depending upon usage. In other words, this task should definitely make it on your spring-cleaning list! First completely drain the water, then wipe the tub’s surface with a damp cloth or all-purpose cleaner. Carefully inspect your spa for wear and tear before using a hose with an attached filter to refill the tub. Be sure to take your time balancing chemicals based on directions on the bottle.

This spring, set aside some time to make sure your spa is spic and span. You’ll keep your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub running smoothly for years to come by regularly maintaining its exterior and accessories. You can find Jacuzzi® Brand hot tub cleaning products at your local dealership. Just remember to explicitly follow all instructions included with any cleansers you use!

Read more about hot tub maintenance tips.

The Different Stages of Filtration

Filtration is an essential component in keeping any hot tub clean. And the purification process in Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs makes maintenance simple so you can spend more time enjoying your hot tub.

Here’s a look at the five different stages of the purification process in Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs:

The Five Stages of the Jacuzzi® Water Treatment Process

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  1. The whole process starts with the ProClarity® filtration system (exclusively on J-400™ Collection models). This filter traps tiny particles that slip past the other filters, ensuring only the cleanest, clearest water in your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub.
  2. Next, to prevent harmful bacteria from accumulating, the ProClear® Filter (J-300™, J-LX®, and J-400™ Collections) clarifies water even when the jets aren’t powered on, giving you peace of mind when the pumps are off.
  3. The Surface Skimmer (present in the J-200™, J-300™, J-LX® and J-400™ Collections) works in conjunction with the ProCatch™ Filter Bag (J-300™, J-LX® and J-400™ Collections only) to gather oil, grease, and sizable bits of debris before they create a less-than-optimal environment.
  4. Then a pleated cartridge filter works with your hot tub’s hydromassage pump to rid your water of any remaining impurities.
  5.  And the last line of defense when keeping your water safe is the CLEARRAY® Purification System, included standard in every Jacuzzi® Hot Tub model. This system employs pathogen-eliminating ultraviolet light to ensure a constant flow of clean, clear water. CLEARRAY® also reduces the amount of sanitizer required by your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub, making maintenance that much more effortless.

To further maintain an ideal experience in your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub, use testing strips to ensure that chlorine levels are within an acceptable range. If the chemicals drop to a dangerously low level, bacteria and other germs will have the opportunity to not only survive, but thrive. Remember to keep your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub functioning at peak performance with Jacuzzi® Genuine Parts and Accessories, available online or at your local Jacuzzi® dealership.

You’ll Never Think Hot Tubs are Gross Again

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While your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub will remain clean and sterile with proper cleaning, it can be difficult to shake some of the stories you hear about hot tubs and sanitation. Some of these stories may leave you concerned about the cleanliness of your spa. Rest assured that your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub is engineered with easy maintenance and complete safety and sanitation in mind. In short, you’ll never think hot tubs are gross again.

Why Clean Your Hot Tub?

Your hot tub doesn’t just collect the occasional detritus like leaves and insects. Sitting in a cauldron of hot water means things like lotion and oils can collect in the hot tub over time. Without proper sanitation, these items can build up and cause sanitation or health problems.

How to Clean Your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub

Maintain clear, clean water and a properly functioning hot tub by using Jacuzzi® Genuine Parts and Accessories. Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs also feature up to five stages of water treatment processes. It all starts with the ProClarity® filtration system, which catches tiny particles to ensure clear, clean water. The ProClear® filter, available on the J-300™, J-LX®, and J-400™, then clarifies the water even when your jets aren’t on. Next, the ProCatch™ bag cleans the surface. Finally, a pleated cartridge works in conjunction with the hydromassage pump to provide the cleanest water possible. You can also monitor the chlorine levels in your hot tub with testing strips to ensure they remain at proper levels. If the chemicals drop below a certain amount, it becomes easier for bacteria to multiply.

How to Purify Your Water

All new Jacuzzi® Hot Tub models utilize the CLEARRAY® Water Purification System. This top-of-the-line maintenance system uses an exclusive ultraviolet technology in conjunction with the ProClear® Sanitizer to neutralize waterborne pathogens and reduce the amount of sanitizer you use. This means maintaining fresh, clear water has never been easier. Together, our five-stage filtration system kills off bad bacteria, maintains a consistent pH balance, and gives you soft, clean water.

All hot tubs will develop some grime and bacteria if they are not properly cleaned. Your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub comes with built-in maintenance routines to ensure your water and your hot tub are clean and safe to use. For more info on keeping your hot tub from being one of those gross stories, read our winter hot tub prep tips.

Dispelling 3 Common Myths about Hot Tubs

Debunking some of the common myths associated with hot tubs can help you choose the right spa and keep it well-maintained for a long time. Here are three common misconceptions all prospective and current hot tub owners should know about.

Purchasing myths
Myth:
A higher number of jets and horsepower equates to a higher quality spa.

Truth:
 Whether it pertains to jets or horsepower, more doesn’t always equal better. Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with varying numbers of jets. The real quality and ultimate hydromassage benefit is gained by the placement, type, and size of the jets. More jets don’t always equate to more comfort, but it almost always means higher operating costs. Furthermore, if the pump size remains the same and is forced to push air/water at lower volumes through the jets, this could lead to inferior performance.  Horsepower quantity is based mostly on powering the number of jets the spa has and can also contribute to higher energy bills.

Maintenance myths
Myth:
If you have an ozone system, you don’t need to add chemicals to your spa to keep it clean.

Truth:
Ozone reduces, but does not completely eliminate, the need for spa chemicals. The ozone system in your spa can help oxidize some contaminants, but it’s not a one-step solution for cleaning the water. You still need chlorine or shock to fully sanitize your hot tub. Make sure to properly test the water and use the appropriate chemicals to keep it clear, clean, and safe. Learn more about common hot tub maintenance myths .

Cleaning myths
Myth:
Cleaning your spa with bleach is the best way to disinfect it.

Truth: Many people use household bleach as a spa or pool sanitizer, even though it can cause damage to the finish of the hot tub’s interior and filter, and can permanently damage the cover. Excessive ozone, chlorine, or bromine levels can also bleach the underside of your spa cover. In addition to draining your water, cleaning your filter, and flushing your spa’s internal plumbing system, try using an all-purpose cleaner  for your hot tub’s surface and cover.

Signs it’s Time to Drain and Refill

When it comes to draining and refilling your hot tub, it’s a bit of a Goldilocks situation. Draining your spa too often is a waste of valuable water, while not draining it enough could create health problems for you. Therefore, it’s all about finding when is “just right” for your hot tub. Follow our simple guidelines for knowing when it’s a good time to drain and refill your spa.

Do the Math

One way to determine if your hot tub needs a good rinse and drain is to pull out the calculator. Divide the number of gallons of spa water by the number of bathers who usually use the tub. Then divide that number by three to figure out how often you should go through the process.

For example, if your spa holds 200 gallons and you have four bathers each day, that’s 200 divided by four, which equals 50. Divide 50 by three, and you should drain your spa every 16 days or so.

Check for Foam and Funk

If your spa is running especially foamy and the antifoam you add isn’t doing the trick, this a sure sign it’s time to change out the water. The same goes for funky looking or discolored water too.

Take a Whiff

Another easy way of determining when your tub needs to drain is if the water begins to smelly funny. Any out-of-the-ordinary smell is a cry for fresh water.

Check the Calendar

If your tub has been sitting empty for a while, this is another time when it’s a good idea to refill, rinse, and drain. Filling and then draining your tub will help clear the plumbing lines and rid it of buildup.

Make Goldilocks proud and find the spa cleaning routine that is just right for you and your tub. Keeping in mind how often you use your tub and watching out for these warning signs are good indicators as to when your spa needs a refill and rinse.

Is Your Hot Tub Irritating Your Skin?

If you start developing a rash after soaking in your spa, the experience can quickly go from hot tub party to hot mess. A red, itchy, bumpy rash on your skin after a dip is a reaction a small number of people have to hot tubs. In some cases, your rash could be an infection from the germ pseudomonas aeruginosa, but in other cases it could be an allergic reaction to certain chemicals.

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Once-a-month Hot Tub Cleaning Guide

While your hot tub requires daily and weekly maintenance, there are also a few simple chores you’ll need to do once a month to keep your spa in tip-top shape. From cleaning the cover to adding scale remover, don’t worry, it’s quick and easy to maintain your hot tub.

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The Biggest Hot Tub Maintenance Myths Debunked

If you think that hot tub maintenance is time-consuming, requires just as much work as a pool, think again. Contrary to what you may have heard, it’s surprisingly simple and can take as little as 10 minutes each week. During your first 100 days of owning a Jacuzzi® brand hot tub, it’s especially important to learn the truth about taking care of your hot tub, so here’s a handy list of the biggest debunked hot tub maintenance myths.
MYTH: Constantly getting in and out of the hot tub tracks in dirt and debris that builds up on the shell over time.
TRUTH: Unlike many bathtubs, a Jacuzzi® hot tub’s shell is impervious to bacteria and footprint stains, meaning it’s easy to keep clean.

 MYTH: The lengthy process of heating the water means it won’t be ready when I want it to be.
 TRUTH: With the right settings configured, your hot tub stays heated economically 24/7, meaning it’s ready to go whenever you need to take a dip.

 MYTH: It’s going to be a complicated backyard chemistry experiment to keep it clean.
 TRUTH: Actually, it only takes a few minutes a week to ensure that the water in your spa remains in tip-top shape. Using a test strip, check the levels of pH, Alkalinity, Calcium and your preferred sanitizer (Chlorine or Bromine). Adjust each measure by adding the right amount of each product as indicated in your owner’s manual.

 MYTH: I’ll have to drain the water frequently.
 TRUTH: Water changes are only recommended every 3-6 months, depending on usage…

 MYTH: Filter changes will be difficult, expensive and messy.
 TRUTH: Access to the filter is easy on your hot tub, and they are simple an inexpensive to replace. Some of our models feature the Smart Control screen, which actually tells you when the filter needs to be a changed. Even if you don’t have it, a simple weekly check will do the trick and lengthen the life of the filter.

 MYTH: I won’t use my hot tub enough to get my money’s worth when it comes to monthly maintenance and energy costs.
 TRUTH: As a new owner, you’ll quickly see what most of our owners already know – your hot tub becomes part of your family’s daily routine, providing valuable relaxation time, and a long list of health benefits for even just 10 minutes a day. And monthly energy costs are less than you think – as low as $14/month on some models.See — hot tub maintenance is that easy! For more information on proper maintenance of your new hot tub, please visit our “Owner’s Corner” by clicking here. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook page for more recommendations on making the most out of your Jacuzzi® hot tub during the first 100 days of ownership.

Water Woes: How to Keep Your Spa Water Clean

Just like any other area of your home, your hot tub needs periodic cleaning to maintain its sparkle. When it comes to cleaning your hot tub, don’t just sweep the dust bunnies under the carpet. Instead, give your spa the TLC it needs to ensure it stays fresh and healthy for you to soak.

Check Your pH Levels

Testing your spa water’s pH levels is one of most important ways to determine its needs. After all, pH imbalances can make your hot tub water too acidic or too basic, both of which can have negative effects. Once you figure out your water’s pH level, you’re better equipped to know how much sanitizer to add.

Add Sanitizers

Without the use of sanitizers, your hot tub will become a cesspool-like environment and may potentially cause health risks. Even if your spa water looks clean and clear, there’s a good chance it’s contaminated. After all, warm water is a breeding ground for bacteria. Sanitizers, such as chlorine and bromine, work to kill these bacteria. Refer to your pH test to determine how much sanitizer to use.

Consider Oxidizers

Add shock oxidizers to eliminate residue from soakers, such as dead skin, oils, and cosmetics. These oxidizers rid your spa water of unwanted organic matter and help to keep your water cloud free. Furthermore, oxidizers aid the sanitizers in the fight against bacteria.

Drain and Refill

To prevent the battle of fighting to keep your pH level in balance, drain and refill your hot tub every few months. Doing so will make it easier for you maintain the pH balance, but it will also circulate fresh water into the spa.

Scrub the Tub

Once you’ve drained your spa, give the tub a good scrub to remove any residue and scum before refilling it. If you do this every time you drain your hot tub, it will prevent buildup and that unwanted water ring around the interior.

Your spa won’t magically clean itself, but fortunately, it only takes a few steps to maintain its sparkle and bacteria-free glow.

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