I happen to have had a casual talk with a manager from a pool and spare warehouse near me. He said that a swim spa is indeed more than just a pool of relaxing water. They are a qualified health installation and they are also a cardiovascular workout in progress.
A swim spa is exactly the outdoor water entertainment features that you need, whether your purpose is to stay in shape, lose some weight, or you just want to have your very own personal space of relaxation — it is the perfect choice to have. Much like any other water or pool installations, these outdoor water entertainment features require maintenance, too.
Before you embark on acquiring or buying a swim spa, we suggest that you acquaint yourself with some important requirements for it. Understand that they need proper maintenance and care, the absence of which or an imbalance on this aspect of its maintenance runs the risk of putting your health and safety in danger. Serious or deliberate neglect here would eventually translate to expensive repairs. In the worst-case scenario, it would even become beyond fix already and that happening is such a waste of investment.
Therefore, investing time to maintain a swim spa is a must and of paramount importance to optimizing and enjoying its benefits to the fullest. Below are practical suggestions you can follow to maintain your outdoor spa Sydney installation.
Check Out Your Pool Water
You may not be in the habit of using your swim spa on a daily basis, but it is not an excuse not to keep an eye on your swim spa water. Monitor how the water itself looks and how it smells. If there are any observable changes on these two aspects of the water, it could be an indication, a telltale sign that some kind of problem may be brewing underneath, and if that is so it is giving you the chance to take care of it as early as possible.
Right before it snowballs into a major problem. Like for instance, if there is an issue with the swim spa’s filtration system, then it is much easier to handle and apply a solution as opposed to the entire filtering system being compromised.
Right Swim Spa Water Chemistry
The swim spa water chemistry is not as intimidating as it sounds. Some ways and means can be taken advantage of if you want to track water calcium hardness, pH level, or chlorination.
As much as possible, you need to keep the swim spa water’s pH level in close range to that of the human eye, which is 7.4. It is paramount to have the pH level in that range only because going beyond that will run the risk of inducing irritation to your eyes, especially if you are not in the habit of wearing eye protection.
When it comes to the chlorine level, the ideal ratio you should have for your swim spa is 3 parts per million, even if 1 to 5 range is just as acceptable. For calcium hardness, you need to maintain it between 125 to 400 parts per million, and alkalinity should be at least 160 ppm. This range for alkalinity, calcium hardness, and chlorine level will help ensure that your swim spa water is not going to induce corrosion to its corrosion and heating systems.
The use of test strips, is by far, the easiest and the most convenient way to keep track of your swim spa’s water chemistry. Most of the time, when you are having a hard time getting everything up in balance at once, swimming pool and spa warehouse advice to initially focus first on pH and chlorination. With experience, you will get the hang of it and sooner than you think your ability to put balance in everything will improve also.
Changing the Water
The best way to ensure that your swim spa water is always clean and safe to immerse/swim in is to drain it completely and refill the tub every 5 to 6 months. Adding chemicals to the water all the time will just induce buildup inside the pipes that are supporting your swim spa.
Changing the water in your swim spa may come a bit of a hassle at times, but make it a habit and get used to it because it will do wonders for the longevity of your water spa. Alongside this is you also extend the amount of quality time you are bound to spend in it.