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My dealer did recommend an Ahh-some treatment @ every refill. I do believe Ahh-some is a good product and a good idea to use in order to clean out the internal plumbing and I will use it. 

I am still a bit perplexed as to why I needed to put in a new salt cartridge after only two months. 

Can someone explain what exactly that cartridge does? I added salt upon initial fill (along with a bit of chlorine) and believe that was a one time deal as the salt never evaporates etc.

I'm thinking the salt cartridge creates some kind of chemical reaction when exposed to salt and chlorine in order to create ongoing chlorine ?

Also what exactly is the gauge on the salt meter for? I had it on "5" as per the rep who set my tub up at my house and when I went to buy the new cartridge at the local Hot Springs dealer the guy told me to keep it set at "3".

Does setting it higher cause it to create more chlorine thus diminishing it's life?

 

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In the mean time... Just had to replace the third salt cartridge after 10 weeks. All three lasted only 9 - 10 weeks, not the four months that the company "HOT SPRINGS - WATKINS WELLNESS" advertises. They advertise that their "3-Pack" of cartridges  will last one year, with a very crafty disclaimer that they won't stand by their product if your H20 is not balanced correctly. So.. I'm sure their gonna tell me my H20 wasn't balanced. It's a slick marketing trick.

I feel like I've been had:(

ps. I take great pride in ensuring my H20 is balanced perfectly and always have crystal clean H20.

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Hi folks,

Update on the cartridge life. After the cleaning and flushing of the pipework with the product supplied by Hot Springs, as of yesterday I have reached 4 months on a cartridge..................and it is still working producing an appropriate amount of chlorine from my salt water.

I guess that is a result as the previous cartridges barely lasted two months. It is a shame that Hot Springs didn't go down this road to start with (biofilms). They would have saved 3 cartridges at £70 a pop.

Thanks for all the input.

Regards,

John

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My Jetsetter LX with the freshwater system will be delivered next week. After reading this thread is it safe to assume I need to use a cleaner to purge it first? I hadn't heard of ahh some but have heard about the Spa marvel cleaner. Which is better? Also, what should be included with my tub besides the cover and the startup kit? I have read that some people get chemical supplies for a year. How many salt cartridges for example, just the one? I still have time to bargain a bit so I want to make sure I am getting everything I should with the tub. 

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Lots of questions that I'll let others answer but with respect to cleaning or purging:

1. Spa marvel looks to be a detergent based cleaner which in my tests have not been effective especially against the bad guys that can arrive with a newly delivered spa.  I haven't tested spa marvel cleaner itself...just other detergent based products that appear to be similar..

2. As regards the the new spa.  Mine was delivered with live nasty bad guys in the pipes as a consequence of the mfg wet testing and subsequent shipping, storage and transportation delays.  I tried a few products claiming to address this problem but none performed better than ahh-some. So I highly recommend purging with ahh-some as part of your prep. For me its a must.  Be sure to follow the label directions which include removing filter(s) and dose with chlorine along with the ahh-some. 

Ahh-some contains some very effective molecule busting properties that will break up biofilms and (depending on tub condition)  can leave quite a residue on the vessel walls, which is why the label directions specify filter removal (the goo would otherwise clog up the filters and could harm your jet pumps) .  

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On 4/4/2021 at 7:52 PM, gwmac said:

My Jetsetter LX with the freshwater system will be delivered next week. After reading this thread is it safe to assume I need to use a cleaner to purge it first? I hadn't heard of ahh some but have heard about the Spa marvel cleaner. Which is better? Also, what should be included with my tub besides the cover and the startup kit? I have read that some people get chemical supplies for a year. How many salt cartridges for example, just the one? I still have time to bargain a bit so I want to make sure I am getting everything I should with the tub. 

Not sure if a purge is necessary, but it definitely cannot hurt.  I have no experience with Spa Marvel but have used Ahh-Some, Hot Tub Serum and Natural Chemistry Pipe Cleanse.  I use Hot tub Serum in my hot tub.

Your dealer determines what chemicals they include with your hot tub.  The FWSS comes with (1) salt cartridge, salt, test strips, salt test strips and Vanishing Act calcium remover.  In addition I include the following for my customers: pH increaser, pH decreaser, alkalinity increaser, oxidizing shock, cleanse weekly, phosphate remover and Freshwater mineral sanitizer.

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