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  1. What To Do With Your Hot Tub While You’re On Vacation

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    We’d all like to take our hot tub with us when on vacation. But unfortunately, it’s not really practical. Since you can’t take your hot tub with you, we’re here to help you prepare your hot tub before you go out of town. This way, it will be ready for you to jump right back into when you get home, saving you time and energy. All you have to do is take a few minutes to follow the simple steps below.

    Test the Chemical Balance

    Before leaving your hot tub, you’ll want to analyze the chemical balance to determine if the properties are too alkaline or too acidic. By maintaining your water chemistry, you’ll be minimizing the amount of bacteria that survives in the water while you’re gone.

    Thankfully, testing your chemical balance and then adding the proper chemicals is easy! Testing strip instructions vary in their steps, so read your bottle’s instructions carefully. That being said, the basic procedure should be the same. Here are the simple general steps:

    • Before testing, turn your bubbling system or jets on for 1 to 2 minutes and let the water circulate.
    • After your water has moved around, use a clean plastic bucket to take a sample of the water.
    • Dip your test strip into the bucket’s water. Let it sit in the water for about 15 seconds. Try not to place your fingers on the pad because this may contaminate the test pad and give you a false reading.
    • Remove the test strip from the bucket and shake off any excess water that may still be on the strip.
    • The strip’s pad should change color. Compare this color to your bottle’s testing chart.
    • The testing chart will help you understand your water’s chemistry. By looking at the color, you should be able to identify if it’s too acidic or alkaline.
    • Once you’ve identified the water’s chemical levels, you can adjust them by adding the appropriate chemicals.

    Consider Using ThermoClear

    ThermoClear™ is one of the simplest ways to purify your hot tub water, especially when you’re not using your hot tub. If you have a 300 to 400 gallon spa, all you have to do is add 2 ounces of spa activator to the cartridge before you leave for vacation. It’s as easy as that. You should add 2 ounces of spa activator to your cartridge every week while you’re not using your hot tub. If you’re going to be on vacation for longer than a week, ask a neighbor to add the spa activator for you.

    While you’re gone, the spa activator will work to reduce scum lines, minimize foam, keep your water clear and enhance the efficiency of your Ozonator. With ThermoClear, you won’t have to worry about your spa being clean when you get back.

    Turn the Temperature Down

    Usually, you want to keep your hot tub at a steady temperature to help save energy. If you’re going on vacation, however, and aren’t going to use your hot tub for a while, it’s best to keep your temperature about 15 degrees lower than normal.  This way, you’ll save energy and money.

    ThermoSpas® hot tubs feature an economy mode, which you should turn on before you go out of town. It’s the easiest and most efficient way to save energy with your hot tub while you’re not using it. While your hot tub is in economy mode, its water temperature will automatically lower until it is 15 degrees cooler than the set temperature. When you get back home, all you have to do is set your hot tub back to standard mode. The water temperature will then rise back to its original setting.

    Securely Lock Your Cover

    Though it’s always best to lock your hot tub covers after use, it can be easy to forget sometimes. Before you leave, double check that your hot tub cover is securely locked in place. Gently tug on the strap to make sure it doesn’t come loose. Then, try moving your hot tub cover to check if the straps need tightening.

    A tightly secured hot tub cover will help keep your hot tub safe from outside debris, weather and bacteria. High quality hot tub covers also help insulate your hot tub, so that your hot tub will be using less energy while you’re out of town.

    We hope these steps help to make your vacation preparation a little bit easier. If you have any more questions about hot tub maintenance, feel free to give our customer service representatives a call at 1-800-876-0158. We’d love to help.

  2. Safely Storing Your Hot Tub Chemicals

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    Did you know test strips and spa chemicals can degrade if they are not properly stored? Save money and increase the life of your test strips and spa chemicals by safely storing them. We here at ThermoSpas have come up with five tips to help you store your chemicals effectively and safely.

    Keep your chemicals out of extreme temperatures

    In extremely hot or cold temperatures, chemicals and test strips can become damaged or completely unusable. When test strips and some chemicals are exposed to very high temperatures, they can quickly weaken, reducing their shelf life. Try to avoid storing chemicals near heaters, in direct sunlight or in hot places such as attics. When some chemicals are frozen, they can become de-homogenized and can even burst. If the outside temperature is freezing, make sure to bring your chemicals indoors.

    Lock your chemicals up

    If you have children or pets, it’s very important that you secure your chemicals in a childproof location. As with any chemical substance, spa chemicals can be dangerous to children and pets. You want them to be easily accessible, but also secure.

    Keep your chemicals dry

    Keeping your chemicals dry is essential to getting the longest lasting shelf life out of them. Tablets, test strips and granular or powder chemicals will degrade and not function properly if exposed to moisture or liquid. You will want to take extra precautions to ensure they are in a dry environment. Consider using a tightly sealed storage container and keep your chemicals off the ground. Also, make sure to separate liquid and powder chemicals.

    Make sure your chemicals are secure

    After each use, make sure the caps to your bottles are tightly closed and any spills are cleaned up. You don’t want to cross-contaminate your chemicals, as it may make them defective. You also don’t want to lose any of your chemicals because of a spill.

    Keep the original containers and instructions

    Although you might think decorative containers are prettier, it is not safe to store chemicals in containers that differ from their original ones. You might accidently mix the bottle’s original chemical with the new chemical, making the latter not function properly. You may also forget what the chemical is because the bottle may not be labeled correctly. The original container should have instructions on how to use the chemical safely and correctly. If it comes with instructions, make sure to keep those as well to ensure that you are using the chemical properly.

    We hope these tips help you to safely store your chemicals to ensure that they have a long and effective shelf life. If you’re looking for safe and high-quality chemicals to use in your hot tub, visit our online store. ThermoSpas chemicals are essential to keep your spa sparkling and water crystal clear.

  3. Using Hot Tub Water Test Strips

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    Using test strips in your hot tub is the best way to understand and analyze the chemistry of your water. Maintaining water chemistry not only ensures maximum enjoyment and chemical effectiveness but also helps to minimize bacteria.That’s why it is important to understand why we use test strips and how they work.

    Luckily, test strips are one of the simplest procedures for testing the chemical balance of your hot tub, and with a little instruction and practice, anyone can easily learn how to use test strips for their hot tub.

    Why Use Test Strips

    Testing your hot tub water is extremely important. The main reason we test our hot tub water is to analyze the chemical balance and determine if the properties are too alkaline or too acidic. The aim is to keep both acidic and alkaline at very even and safe levels. After we analyze the test strip, whatever properties are of concern, we are able to balance with the use of our chemicals.

    The Testing Procedure

    The procedure to test the chemical level of your hot tub is simple. For basic chemical sanitizers such as chlorine and bromine, you should plan to check your levels once a week. With any sanitizer or chemical you use, you should read all instructions and warnings on the bottle to fully understand how the chemical works and how to best maintain. As well, testing strips’ instructions can also vary in steps, so be sure to read instructions carefully.

    That said, the basic procedure to prepare your hot tub along with how testing strips function should be the same:

    • Start by allowing your spa water to circulate by using your bubbling system or jets for 1 to 2 minutes. Once you believe your water is properly circulated, use a clean plastic bucket to take a sample of the water.
    • Use your testing strip by dipping the test pad into the water, and let sit in water for about 15 seconds. Be careful as to where you place your fingers so you do not contaminate the test pad.
    • Remove the strip from the bucket and shake off any excess water still on the strip.
    • The strip’s pad will change in color. Compare this color to your bottle’s testing chart.
    • The testing chart will help you understand the chemical level of your water, if it be too acidic or alkaline.
    • Once you determined the chemical level of your water, you can adjust using appropriate chemicals.

    When adjusted, we recommend allowing at least an hour for your chemicals to calibrate. It is best to wait overnight before using your hot tub when adding new chemicals to the water.

    Remember, it’s okay if your hot tub’s chemical balance isn’t perfect. Bacteria tends to only develop after long term neglect. If you’re checking your water’s level once a week and doing your best to adjust appropriately, you can free your worry of causing serious health concerns with your hot tub.

    If you have more questions about testing your hot tub levels, or are interested in an easier way to test your waters, consider a Digital Tester, that delivers accurate levels or chemicals every time you test.