Swim spas have become a popular method of being able to swim at home even if you don’t have the room for a full sized swimming pool. The current generated keeps a swimmer in place so that they never have to reach the end of the tank or turn around and go back the other way. This allows the tank to be a fraction of the size of a swimming pool while still allowing a complete swimming workout to happen. Most swim spas can also double as a hot tub by simply increasing the water temperature. How’s that for versatility? But of course, as with swimming pools and hot tubs, it’s not purely fun and games. It’s important to keep these bodies of water fresh, clean and healthy as well. If you’re wondering how to maintain a swim spa, we’ve put together a short guide.
The key to keeping your swim spa water fresh and clean is maintaining a properly balanced water chemistry. To do this you perform regular water tests using paper strips or a liquid reagent kit. These are simple tests that take only a few minutes to complete. You’ll usually be testing pH levels, calcium hardness levels and total alkalinity. The results will let you know if you need to add chemicals to the water to get it back in balance. Water tests should be done at least once a week or more often if the swim spa is getting used a lot. Maintaining a balanced water chemistry will ensure the swim spa remains a safe and pleasant place to swim.
Water filters are important for removing debris and other large particles from the water. And while they pretty much run themselves, they do need maintenance every so often. Once a month they should be removed and inspected for excess dirt and damage. They should be hosed down with fresh water to remove any embedded dirt and oils and then soaked in a filter cleaning solution for an hour or so. Water filters will eventually deteriorate and become less efficient so they should be replaced. Lifespan varies depending on composition and amount of use, but they should be replaced every one to three years or so.
Your swim spa will also need a regular deep cleaning. This entails draining it of water and giving the inner shell a good scrubbing. This will remove dirt that’s stuck to the shell and prevent the growth of algaes and aquatic molds. Again, the frequency of your deep cleanings will depend on how much use the swim spa gets. It can also be influenced by the amount of airborne debris present in your area. If you’re surrounded by a large number of pollen producing trees or are next to a well used gravel road, you’ll very likely need to clean your swim spa more often than if you weren’t affected by those types of things.
Using A Cover
If you want to cut down on the amount of maintenance your swim spa requires, it’s highly advised that you use a swim spa cover whenever it isn’t being used. As a matter of fact, there are many more reasons to use a cover than simply reducing maintenance duties. Not only will the cover prevent dust and debris from getting into the water, it’ll prevent heat and moisture from escaping when the swim spa isn’t being used. This will reduce your reliance on your water heater and prevent the chemicals in the water from becoming overly concentrated. A swim spa cover also plays a safety role by preventing unwanted access by people (especially children) and animals. Invest in a tightly fitting, lockable cover for the best results.
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