Different types of Ozone Generators for Hot tubs?

Their is no real distinct advantage to either type of ozone. Your are going to need to replace you ozone generate every two years anyways. UV light looses his effectiveness after two year and Corona Discharge ozone generators loose there charge after two years, and the Plasma Ozone generators for hot tubs with last a bit longer than two years but more expensive to replace.

Test Strips or Not?

Their are 3 different types of water test out their. The always populer test strip, little less common Electronic testing system, and Regent test kit (which seems to be highly scary in most circles).

Lets break each one of the testing systems in pros and cons-

Test strips (most common) Pros- Simple, work great for beginner water maintenance people, and last just about forever. Cons- I have seen some low quality test strips be way off (can not always be most accurate), Can be very costly until you figure out what you are doing.

Electronic Test Strip Reader (Not so common) Pros- tells you exactly what the total alkinity, ph, chlorine or bromine are in the water. Cons- Cost a quite a bit at start up buying the reader and test strips, cost quite a bit more to buy replacement strips, Need to keep the electronic part clean after every use or it can give you false readings.

Regent Test Kit (“Scariest Test Kit) Pros- Gives you the most accuracte test, Cost way less to per test, most test kits test for everything you would ever want to know. Cons- Start up cost are a little bit higher, The time it takes to learn how to use the regents.

Or their is the always popular Take your water into your dealer to have them test it. You can never go wrong their.

Video of the Cal Spa FP4700 Defects

I found this video on youtube that points out some of the problems this customer with his cal spa FP4700.

Some of what this guy is true but most of it is is just negligence on the home owners part.

First thing this gentleman points out the blistering on the inside of the tub in both the swim spa end and spa side of the pool. Blistering is cause when the sun is exposed for long periods of time with out the cover on the spa. Odds are this cal spa owner left the tub empty with no water in the tub, causing the bubble to occur. It will happen with any hot tub shell in the industry. Cal Spas as a rule of thumb built one of the strongest spas shells in the industry.

Note: their are a few spa shell that can with stand direct sun light. D1 ultra and hot springs make a shell that can with stand direct sunlight.

Second the owner points out the wood construction. This is very common all across the spa industry and isn’t just a cal spa issue. Spa aren’t designed to be moved a ton, so that’s why spa manufactures use staples to hold wood together.

Third the customer isn’t happy with how much the insulation is in the hot tub. This can be a problem in some parts, but when he points out that their isn’t a insulation around the light, this is for service reasons. Form my service back round this is a very common practice and save the home owner time and money costs when it come to repairs.

Note: Their are very few spas that have a complete full foam insulation. For a spa with complete full foam you will need to spend a minimum of 8000 and need to find a brand like Marquis, d1, or hotsprings for example. A higher end spa.

Fourth, Lets talk about the leaking issue. The leaks can or cannot be a direct manufacture defect and the manufacture should take care of them.  The reason i don’t believe that these leaks were cause the manufacture are because the blistering inside the tub. When this happens it can cause the jets to warp in direct sunlight loosening the seal on the jet housing to leak.

With that said the Cal Spa FP4700 isn’t a bad hot tub, but be sure to take a look under the hood before buy any hot tub.

How to fix a Hot Tub From Foaming

So I can across this video today and I had to share it.So now to fix the problem. The first thing that you will want to do is buy some anti-foam the name varies from brand to brand but bio guard is my preferred brand. Add much as you need until the foaming goes away.  The the next best thing is to drain and fill. ( Always Remember the cheapest chemical you can put into your hot tub is H20)

Why? The reason you want to us some sort of an anti-foam before you drain and fill again is so it doesn’t foam up on you again. Their is still about 8 to 10 Gallons of water in your plumbing even when you drain it.

My hot tub Pumps Vibrate… Why?

When you get a brand new hot tub sometimes the hot tub is loader than in the show room.

Why?

In alot of hot tub brands come with shipping bolt that hold down the pump. (it keeps the pumps in place when they are shipping it from the factory)

So if you remove the control department panel. You are to remove them so quiet the hot tub. CHECK WITH YOUR DEAL TO MAKE SURE YOU CAN. But is usually a simple fix.

How to make my Hot Tub Cover Last Longer

One of the  best ways to preserve you hot tub cover is using a product called 303 Aerospace Protectant. You can pick this stuff up at most hot tub and automotive stores.  One of the many reason that it works so well is because it has a basically “sunscreen” built in.

Here is a link to 303’s Website so can read up a little bit more.

Tip: Never and I stress Never use armor-all on your hot tub cover. “yes” it looks nice but armor-all is an alcohol based product which will shrinks and cover your cover. Also it voids most cover warranties.

How often should I clean my hot tub filter?

You want to clean your filter at least once a month. It really depends on the usage, but a good rule of thumb would be pick one day a month to clean it with some sort of filter cleaner.

Check Unicel website for proper procedure.

Tip: Let your filter dry completely before put it back into your spa. This allows the pleats to dry straight again maintaining proper flow through the filter.

 

Where to buy Hot Tub Filters

If you already know your filter number. Amazon.com, and Hottubthings.com.