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Hi, I am defnitely a newbie and seriously confused and conflicted. I have a fairly new Beachcomber hot tub. The tub is not my issue (so far), it is the chemical balancing act requirred to enjoy this fairly expensive hobby. Initially, I was given an expensive set of Chlorine based products, with other chemicals to control water balancing, so I could enjoy my hot tub which for me is also almost a necessity having major arthritis issues. I am, in fact, not enjoying my hot tub due to the reaction I am getting from the chemicals in my tub. In my efforts to properly balance my hot tub water, I purchased a Taylor testing kit that measures everything In my water. Initially my problems were due to high Combine Chlorine issues but I persisted and reduced those levels to an acceptable level. However, my skin irritation issues still persisted. I have had this tub for 8 months, I have emptied and refilled it at least 4 times. I talked to a water specialist on the phone today and he told my issue was not CC but was in fact CYA. He indicated that Chlorine products, by make up, introduce CYA into the water amd they never go away. They are probably the cause of my severe skin itchiness and redness. He suggested I switch to Bromine. I read up on Bromine and I see that it may also cause similar issues. However, I see some people recommend 35% Hydrogen Peroxide. Is this s good solution to my concerns? If yes, does anyone use this instead of Chlorine or Bromine and if yes, where can I buy it and how do I use it. I live on Vancouver Island.
Hi All, I'm a newbie - just bought a nice used hot tub that will be delivered this weekend. It appears to have been well maintained, but I am still planning to use Nitro's decontamination process before it is going to be used. I am also currently a cancer patient. I'm a 37 year old woman with no significant family history of breast cancer yet wham, cancer. I tend to think (and my oncologist agrees) that environmental toxins are the most likely culprits for the increases in cancer rates in younger people... I have therefore become quite the product hippie. Everything in the house as certified organic or at least as natural as possible... (my SO is very sweet to keep using my homemade toothpaste - LOL). I do however also have a compromised immune system from chemo/radiation so I don't want to risk unproven methods of water chemistry maintenance. There is a LOT more to maintaining a hot tub than I expected, but I do a lot of food chemistry for my business so I'm ready to jump in and tackle it! :-) I am one of those *** retentive people that researches the ever loving heck out of things before trying them so my current plan is to do the decontamination and proceed with chlorine (Dichlor I guess?) if/until I find a less potentially toxic option for maintaining the new Hot Tub. (Chlorine appears to be less of a toxic risk than bromine) I have several question I'm hoping someone can help me with: 1) Peroxide - Has anyone got any experience with using Hydrogen Peroxide instead of chlorine or bromine to keep the hot tub water clean and safe? I have been reading a little about it, but I am so new to this that I'm not trying anything without WAY more info. 2) Shopping List - I'm trying to get ready for the disinfection/decontamination and initial fill. A Taylor K-2006 is on the list as is the swirl away (couldn't find spa flush on Amazon) and bleach but regarding the other chemicals I'm going to need for the water: - Is Dichlor a brand name or is any chlorinating granule the same chlorine/acid blend? (Kem-Tek keeps coming up on my searches) - What about the calcium chloride, is that the same as the kind I use in the test kitchens or is there a difference for spa usage? - Borates, I can't find online, is this the same as straight boric acid? I'm sure I'll have more questions as I go, but I appreciate any help I can get so thanks in advance! RedCourt