Hot Tub Chemicals for Sale in Southeastern Wisconsin
At Baker Pool & Fitness, we have all the hot tub chemicals you will need to keep your spa safe, clean, and sanitized. Unlike untrustworthy chemicals that can be purchased online, our products have been hand-picked due to their high quality and reliability. Like any investment, hot tubs require consistent care in order to ensure a long life. Keeping your hot tub clean is one of the best ways to ensure not only a healthy life for your hot tub, but also the people in it! If you have any questions regarding the chemicals you will need for your hot tub, feel free to give us a call! Our team of experts will be happy to walk you through everything you will need.
What Chemicals Do I Need For My Hot Tub?
To maintain your hot tub, there a few types of chemicals you’ll need on hand. Each of these chemicals perform a different function that help keep your hot tub running smoothly. However, within each type of hot tub chemical, you do have a few choices. We’ll go through the pros and cons of each chemical you’ll need for your spa.
1. Sanitizing Hot Tub Solution
Chlorine – The first and perhaps most important chemical you’ll need for your hot tub is a sanitizing solution. The most popular hot tub sanitizer is chlorine. Chlorine is an affordable, easy to manage chemical that kills bacteria efficiently. The con? The smell. As the chlorine kills bacteria and oxidizes into the air, it leaves an odor we are all familiar with. Whether or not the smell bothers you enough to opt for a different sanitizer is your preference. The proper level for sanitation with chlorine requires 3 – 5 ppm (parts per million).
Minerals – One of the best all around sanitizers, mineral systems systems use natural metals and minerals to kill bacteria in the water. It does not leave a strong odor like chlorine. With a mineral system, you still need to add chlorine as a backup agent, but it cuts out the amount of chlorine needed by 30%. With a mineral system, the proper level for sanitation with of chlorine is only 0.5 ppm.
Bromine – Another popular sanitizer, bromine is mainly used for indoor hot tubs because it doesn’t have that smell of chlorine. Bromine can be more effective at killing certain types of algae and bacteria. The con? You shouldn’t use it in hot tubs with direct sunlight. UV rays eat through bromine very fast, making it useless. The proper level for sanitation with bromine is 3 – 5 ppm.
2. Alkalinity and PH Chemicals
While these two chemicals may be very affordable, the are also extremely important. Because the amount of water is so small in a hot tub, the pH and alkalinity can fluctuate easily. Testing your alkalinity and pH and adjusting accordingly will help keep your spa void from damage. Proper levels for pH ranges between 7.2 – 7.8, and proper levels for alkalinity is 80 – 120 ppm.
3. Shock (Oxidizer)
It is important to oxidize, or shock, your hot tub once in a while – more so if it is being used more often. Shock provides another cleaning and removes organic compounds that build up after use. Depending on the sanitizer you choose, you will want to be using a different shock solution. If you have questions on what type of stock to use, feel free to reach out to us! We’ll make sure you get a shock that works with your sanitizer of choice.
4. Calcium Hardness
Calcium solutions harden your hot tub water, which prevents the water from deteriorating important components of your spa – including the shell and pipes. While not being integral to the safety of hot tub visitors, it is important to strengthen the lifespan of the hot tub itself. It’s inexpensive to add, and can be applied during each refill.The proper level of calcium hardness is 150 – 250 ppm.
With all the necessary chemicals, your hot tub (and its visitors) will be sure to thank you! If you have any questions regarding proper choice and usage of spa chemicals, feel free to reach out to us at any time.