Alkalinity in Hot Tubs
When it comes to hot tub chemistry, the first thing you want to check is the water’s alkalinity. You want to check this before your pH levels because a proper alkalinity level will help to prevent fluctuations in the pH level. If the alkalinity (and pH levels) become too high, the chlorine-based disinfectants won’t be as effective and can lead to mineral build-up and other issues like cloudy water, skin or eye irritation, algae formation, and the formation of scales along the sides and bottom of your hot tub.
Tips on Balancing Your Alkalinity
- Start with a testing strip – When removing the strip from the bottle, tip the opening of the bottle down and let the strips fall into your hand. Be careful to only grab one of the strips, not touching the other strips with your fingers, as you don’t want the oils on your fingers to get on the strips and ruin the test.
- Dip the strip into your hot tub water – Dip the test strip in the water, just long enough to get it wet, and remove. Shake any excess water off the strip and compare it with the colour on the back of the kit. Where your colour falls will determine what your next course of action is.
- Alkalinity too low – To correct low alkalinity levels, use a Total Alkalinity Increaser. When adding the increaser to your water, follow the directions on the bottle.
- Alkalinity too high – If you’re alkalinity levels are too high it may be an indication of significantly hard water in your area or other issues. When alkalinity levels are high it’s important to ensure you contact a hot tub specialist ensure it’s resolved in the best possible way.
What To Do Next?
If you’re unsure what to do with your hot tub and you don’t understand how to maintain it correctly then it’s important to contact a specialist. Kent Pool Services have maintained hot tubs for a number of years and we understand the importance of balanced alkaline levels. With all the skills, knowledge and tools needed, we’ll ensure the alkalinity levels in your hot tub or swimming pool are kept balanced. Just like anything else, by keeping it maintained you’ll help to avoid problems occurring. This helps to keep bills low and your hot tub running smoothly. For more information on the services we offer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to help.