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About mrwrick

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  1. I say "no info, no money." You do not need to buy someone else's problems. He sounds like a charlatan salesman who wants to dump off something to make a quick profit. you could send over a knowledgeable spa service person to check it out.Might cost a hundred or so but could save you 3500 on a dog. Chalk it up to good buyer research. Good luck
  2. Yes, ammonia could be a problem. I am very interested to learn what the chemists on the forum think about this since chlorine and ammonia create deadly, like instantaneously fatal on inhalation, poison gas. Obviously, you won't, better not, try this scheme, even in a dish, until you learn the very real potential hazards and whether they are worth trying to solve. I expect you will be soundly denied credibility for this gambit. I use bromine with ozone and periodic chlorine shock very effectively. A shower after a soak gets rid of chlorine or bromine very nicely, by the way.
  3. Metal flakes in water?

    Take a sample of the well water and a separate sample of the current green spa water to a real water chemist for testing to see what exactly is in your water. Prepare to do a flush of your water using AhhSome, drain and refill using the best source water you can. balance according to forum advice . Try to avoid whatever water caused the deposits. Good luick
  4. Does it sound like everything is working?

    Go to Balboa for manuals, get your model and serial number for specific info on jets and controls and what codes mean. Get into the water forum and follow advice about testing and balancing water using common household chemicals to keep cost down versus industry products. The forum will tell you all about that. The fist indication not to follow what the spa dealer has said is that he did not address your high alkalinity. It may or may not be a problem but is certainly one of the ongoing tests and factors you must deal with for balanced water and maintaining the integrity of your whole system, motors, plumbing, etc. The forums here are the best source of all the info you will need, short of actual Balboa manuals. Good luck, enjoy.
  5. If the spa guy did not use a flush before it was drained and refilled you probably have whatever leftover gunk is in the plumbing from failure to keep clean or maintain the water by previous owner.Get some Ahh-Some, use as directed, maybe twice. You will likely see all kinds of crud come out into the water, called biofilm. Then refill and balance the water. Try a sample in a clean gallon container of your tap or other source water for the fill before you start adding things. You should be able to see if your source water is pH neutral or other, also alkalinity and hardness. Balance according to the good advice in the Forum on Spa water section. Do some research and follow the good advice of the chemists and pros. It will pay off. Maybe you also want to call the company that did the so-called service for you and ask why they did not flush before the drain. Then, on general principles if it were me, I would discontinue their antics in your backyard. They did you no service if they did not clean it out before draining. Nobody could know what was left in that water but everyone should suspect and they should know better. Hope they didn't charge you, or much. Whatever it was it does not sound like it was worth it. Again,go into the Forum section on Spa Water Chemistry and get sound advice.
  6. Go to the Forum for Pool Spa water chemistry. There are excellent water chemists available to assist with using common household chemicals to achieve all water chemistry goals. Saves money and I think they yield a more direct result than the prepared expensive industry bottles of same stuff. Good luck.
  7. This is an old topic without activity,. so I hope I resurrect it. I have a bromine spa that sits idle for weeks at a time at my vacation home with 24 hr. recirc pump that keeps my ozonator running full time. I add chlorine bleach when I arrive and after a couple uses and when I leave. I keep temp down in 80's when not there. My water is clear, TA is around 120 but pH is over 8. I assume that us because of high TA. My question is this: Since I only use chlorine in my 24/hr. ozonated bromine spa when I shock the tub do I need CYA? I have never added it since i replaced my jet pump and refilled the tub this summer. My other questions is this: Since my tub is used infrequently am I better off with a bromine and ozone sanitizing system or a salt chlorine generator and ozone system? I understand if using chlorine as primary sanitizer I need CYA. Thanks as always to the wizards of the Forum.
  8. New heater still no heat ugh

    Check heater relay(s)
  9. Help! My spa won’t heat

    If you can't find the electrical problem soon drain it to keep from freezing. The electrical panel and components can be tested dry. Go to this Forum for best advice and if you are not comfortable pulling things apart get a talented electrical guy to delve into the systems.
  10. Upgrading an old hot tub

    Look at the structure. Maybe if you plan to upgrade in a year you can shore up the frame instead of undertaking a complete rebuild. You should get good advice from the Forum. Specify the make, model and year and include photos in your post.
  11. Energy consumption

    I have a 350 gallon spa with a 24/7 circulation pump. I use an ozone generator to assist with sanitizing. The spa sits for up to 3 weeks at a time, heat lowered to 90. It is a bromine spa and stays clear and clean. I am sure it is due to the 24/7 circ pump keeping the ozone flowing. I turn up the heat when I arrive for a stay. It takes up to 6 hours or so to heat to 100 or 101. I leave the heater set to that for as long as I am there, up to a week, then turn down when leaving.
  12. Cloudy water

    Go to the Pool Spa Water Chemistry section for good sound advice. Did you start your bromine with the sodium bromide powder to establish the reserve bank?
  13. Check TA. If it is in normal range along with normal range pH, then do not mess with it. But do try the bleach to super chlorinate and activate bromine. I follow the Forum advice about using normal bleach, 1/2 cup after each spa use and 1 cup before leaving for a week or so and 1 cup before use on return. Keeps my spa clean. I also use an ozone generator that runs 24/7 in my full time filtration cycle. Good luck. Stick with the Forum advisors.
  14. Yes, good old household high concentration (6%) liquid bleach, regular formula, NOT splashless. Go to Forum for chemistry and look up the Bleach Method. The advice is written by spa/pool water chemists who know. They convinced me that regular household chemicals are all that is in effective spa formulations that cost alot. Since you did a good job cleaning out your plumbing try standard bleach for the CL and test pH before you do jets or long after. Remember to keep TA on highish normal side.