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YOUR NEW SWIM SPA IS A MARVEL of engineering technology. If you wanted to swim laps or use a pool for exercise previously, you'd need a minimum of a 30 foot pool and even that was bordering on inadequate. A modern swim spa can easily replicate the feeling of swimming in an Olympic sized pool in a small package. Most of them can be heated in a traditional spa sense, utilizing the power of hydrotherapy as well to create a package that's tough to beat.


Swim spa water care maintenance is not markedly different from any other pool or spa maintenance. You still have a small body of standing water to care for, and depending on where it's located, inside, outside, hot climate or cold, you'll have various challenges in keeping the water clean and clear. Swim spas have one marked advantage over regular spas and pools – their water systems are powerful circulation tools that move lots and lots of water, making them resistant to algae growth. Still, you'll need to use some chemicals to keep the spa looking pristine.


pH is everything when it comes to water quality – a pH that is out of whack will cause the sanitizer to be less effective, promote algae growth, and generally make the swim spa tough to maintain. This is one of the main things you need to check out in your regular swim spa water care maintenance program. Ideally, the pH should be within a really tight range of 7.4 to 7.6. Higher or lower than this, and you will need some chemicals to either knock it back or bump it up. If pH is the furnace, then alkalinity is the thermostat that controls the furnace. Alkalinity is a measure of water hardness and minerals – the harder the water, the more premature corrosion you'll get on your sensitive swim spa equipment. Hard water attacks pumps, seals, and gaskets as well as all immersed parts in the swim spa – really bad because a swim spa has more moving parts than a pool or spa has. Keep an eye on this!


You'll need to choose a sanitizer to keep the water clean. If your swim spa has an option to heat the water, and you plan to use some of it like a hot tub, then by all means look into bromine as a sanitizer. Rarer and in less use than it's better known rival chlorine, bromine works a little bit differently than chlorine, lasts a little longer, but costs a little more. It has one distinct advantage to chlorine for a hot water environment, however – it thrives at temperatures above 76 degrees, exactly where chlorine tends to become ineffective. Additionally, bromine is more forgiving on skin and does not irritate mucous membranes like chlorine does, which is great for a swim spa that you might spend an hour in at a time (or more) churning out laps.


Last but not least keep an eye on the algae in the swim spa. If you see algae, you're too late! Keep the algae at bay by adding frequent small doses of algaecide. Algae thrives in small bodies of water heated to lukewarm temperatures or higher – precisely like a swim spa, so pay attention.


Regular swim spa water care maintenance is exactly that – regular. Small doses of chemicals added often are far better than large doses added infrequently. Regular care on your swim spa will reward you with years of trouble free use and crystal clear water.




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