Susanj

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  1. So you don't put much faith in the TDS test strips I take it.
  2. How often do you change your hot tub water? This is kind of a question like oil change in a car . If it doesn't get much use, do you still change it say after four or five months? Even if TDS is good. Or do you only need to change it when you're having trouble balancing the chemicals?And on a related note , at what TDS reading would you make sure to change it ?
  3. There's so many different opinions you just don't know what to think.I called the hot tub dealer because I had a question about the ozonater and how to know if it's not working . There really is no way she told me , since it comes on when the jets come on so you wouldn't notice the extra bubbles . Basically my model is only supposed to last 18 to 24 months.But this is what I mean about difference of opinion- I asked her if most people in her experience use bromine in their hot tub and she said hardly anyone. From what I've read most people use bromine and it's superior for hot tubs.She did say in our situation with a vacation rental it might be better because it takes less maintenance , less frequent checking , needing sanitizer less often. When they sell a hot tub and take away the old one, she said you can always tell who's been using bromine because the tub is smelly and damaged , almost like it's deteriorating. She also said bromine is harsher on swimsuits & skin . I have read the opposite. So I asked her if we wanted to switch over to chlorine with our next fill, how would we do that? She recommended Jet Purge or Clean Starter (which apparently is like Ahh- Some). Put it in and run the jets an hour, or every hour for overnight. Drain , flushing jets with a hose. Then , besides using Dichlor (weekly with average use of 2-3 people 2-3 X a week) she suggested MPS-as a booster. Also a product called Silk Balance , a buffer that locks in pH and alkalinity and is a biofilm disperser.
  4. I thought Renew is non-chlorine MPS and Replenish is the one with chlorine?
  5. I think you misunderstood me. During the winter, he added no MPS. It was Leisure Time Replenish, not Renew that i asked about. An unrelated question-should chemicals be added to the filter compartment?
  6. Or what about using Leisure Time Replenish? "quick dissolving 4-in-1 shock treatment that combines the benefits of non-chlorine oxidizers, chlorine shock, buffers and clarifiers."
  7. Thank you! We did determine over the winter by trial and error that we needed only 1 bromine tab in the floater when there was no use, in order to keep the bromine reading in range. (I don't know if our service person used MPS then at all-should he have?) In summer, I figured we'd have to fill the floater full before each group comes. The only trial and error we can do is our guy will test before and after each group. Generally 5-6 people for 4 -6 nights. Unless maybe I asked him to come each day for the first group to check it.
  8. I've posted here before about our hot tub at our vacation rental which gets used heavily in summer (in the mtns). Guests stay anywhere from 4 to 7 nights. Capacity is 6-8. Rather than have our service person come out during a stay, I was planning to leave 2 tbsp of MPS (we have a bromine system) in portion control cups and ask them to add one a day after each use. I am worried about the water getting cloudy and gross during their stay. I just spoke with someone at the company where we purchased our tub about this and am wondering if you agree with what she had to say. She explained that sanitizer kills bacteria but the dead bacteria stays in the water and that can cause cloudiness (it's not the only thing that can cause it though). And in this case, cloudy doesn't mean dirty. Though guests might think so. Shock doesn't kill bacteria. It's not a sanitizer. It's an oxidizer. What it does is it takes the dead bacteria (and skeletons!) and converts it to a gas. That's why you leave the hot tub cover open for 15 minutes after adding it. She said with a floater, there will always be sanitizer in the water, but I've seen the test show none after a bather load. Don't you need MPS to reactivate the bromine then? She said no, that you only need MPS once a week. That the bromine will regenerate from the floater -it'll just take a little time, but should be good if they use the hot tub daily. What they could do is add a clarifier to make the water clearer, maybe 2 oz every 3 days , which coagulates the small particles and then the resulting bigger particles can get trapped by the filter. Or I'm thinking if that doesn't work, we could have the guest put in 1 or 2 Tbsp of the granular chlorine?
  9. I don't have one. But someone on here recommended using Aah Some to clean out the pipes when changing the water.
  10. It's off-season for our vacation rental and this is the first winter we've had it so we are trying to work out how to manage things. It is is being checked weekly and the bromine has been too high. We kept turning the floater opening down lower and lower but even at the lowest setting it's too high. So we think maybe we should leave the floater empty and weekly put in some MPS? The only other thing I can think of is to just put maybe fewer tabs in the floater, like 2 or 3. We'd been filling it (8 tablets?) and when checked a week later it'd be empty or near empty
  11. Has anyone used these and do you know how they differ? The 2nd is made by Blue Wave- NO MORE RING AROUND THE SPA! This powerful formula uses natural enzymes to break down oil and scum in the water and on filter elements.
  12. I don't want to leave bleach for guests to use. On a related note-cloudy water. How do you know whether to bring the bromine to shock level or to use a clarifier? Or to change the water but I suppose that depends on the TDS and if the other measures aren't able to clear up the water. I am trying to educate myself in case I have to do this. And because I am not so sure the service people I've spoken to in our small town (there aren't an abundance to choose from) are as knowledgeable as I'd prefer.
  13. Thank you . It's a 375 gallon tub. You are correct-the problem is, this is a vacation rental and could have 6 people in it daily and I don't want or expect them to check. I am thinking of leaving instructions to add 2 oz after each use. Our maintenance guy will come in-between guests. I could leave test strips for them I suppose and instructions. Or maybe , even though it's a bromine spa, leave dichlor with instructions. Is that any easier to use?
  14. From what I understand, in a bromine hot tub, MPS is used like Dichlor is used in a chlorine spa. My directions say to add 6 Tbsp as a shock but not how often. It can't be weekly if 4 or 5 people are using it daily-it'd get awful gross. So is that daily?
  15. Thank you . That makes it all sound pretty simple. When would you use the Renew?