Ozone Purification System: Lifestyle’s ozone purification system is an excellent cleaning method, aimed at reducing the amount of chemicals needed to treat the spa’s water. It is an ozone-based purifier that eliminates the majority of microorganisms in the water.
General Water Chemistry: The chemistry of spa water changes rapidly. For example, five people in a 1700 litre spa is equivalent to about 250 people in an average size (80,000 litre) pool. High water temperatures, aeration of the water and body chemistry of spa users can significantly affect the water. High water temperatures provide an ideal environment for algae and bacteria growth. Due to rapid changes in the water chemistry, spa water should be tested at least weekly with a test kit available from your Lifestyle Spa dealer.
Sanitisers: Bromine and chlorine are the most widely used disinfectants for maintaining properly balanced water. Bromine has a less intrusive odour and greater warm-water resiliency. Both chlorine and bromine, as well as other sanitation options are available from your dealer. Follow the instructions on the sanitiser package for proper amounts.
CAUTION! Never place sanitisers directly on the spa shell as it will damage the surface.
Consult your dealer for the proper amounts required to disinfect your spa’s water. Remember, spas using an ozone purification system will require up to 60% less chlorine or bromine.
pH Balance: pH (potential Hydrogen) is a measure of your water’s acidity or alkalinity (bacicity). The pH scale runs from 0 – 14. pH 6.9 is considered acidic. pH 7 is considered neutral. pH 7.1 – 14 are considered alkaline (basic). The ideal pH for spa water is pH 7.2-7.8, or slightly alkaline. Water with a pH above 7.8 can produce scale, become excessively cloudy and reduce the effectiveness of sanitizers. Chemicals for maintaining pH are available from your dealer.
Total Alkalinity: Total alkalinity refers to the amount of all alkaline salts in the water. Measuring total alkalinity means measuring the water’s ability to buffer itself against changes in pH. Thus, pH and total alkalinity are closely related. Total alkalinity of spa water should be maintained within the range of 80-120 parts per million (ppm). If you experience difficulty maintaining a stable pH, it may be attributable to improper total alkalinity.
One Last Thought………. Water chemistry is an important part of protecting and enjoying your spa. For specific questions about water maintenance, consult your dealer. Many Lifestyle Spa dealer offer computerised water testing to help you with any problems that may occur. Additionally, we recommend you have your water tested periodically by your dealer, as your dealer’s more sophisticated testing methods and greater array of tests may help you foresee a condition which may not be detectable with your customer test kit.
Required Water Replacement: You should replace your spa’s water every 3 to 6 months. The frequency depends on a number of variables including frequency of use, number of users, and attention paid to water quality maintenance. You will know it is time for a change when you cannot control sudsing and/or you can no longer get the normal feel or sparkle to the water, even though the key water balance measurements are all within the recommended parameters.