Water Treatment Guide
Many softub spa manufacturers leave the water treatment aspect of spa ownership to independent softub chemical companies that have no interest in the long-term effects of their products on your specific spa. Because we care about the life of the spa, the warranty, and your ultimate happiness, we have developed the Easycare line of water treatment products specifically for vinyl lined spas.
Our involvement in the production of these softub chemicals allow us to control the quality, strength, and formulation in order to provide a superior product at a good price. All Easycare products meet or surpass EPA requirements.
Water Treatment Overview
balance is an interrelation of factors which determine the quality of the softub spa water. The effectiveness of softub chemicals and additives is dependent on all these factors working together or “balancing”. Water characteristics also vary depending on the local water supply. You may have to “fine tune” the spa water because of these variances. Following is an overview of sanitizing and other factors necessary to “balance” the water.
The sanitizer of choice for a vinyl lined spa is SoftChlor. SoftChlor is a chlorine based, granulated product that is added directly to the spa water. Chlorine should be maintained at a level of 3 - 5 ppm (parts per million) and can easily be tested using a water test strip to determine the level of sanitizer in the water. You may also use a mineral purifier to reduce your softub chemical usage significantly
Softub spa water may become dull, cloudy or hazy even though the water is properly balanced. If it is not time to drain and refill your spa, you may need to “shock” the spa water. Shocking is performed by adding SoftShock to the spa. This will burn off or “oxidize” the old, used up chlorine that can cause cloudy water and chemical odor. Important: Always have the lid off and jets on for at least 15 minutes after adding SoftShock.
Alkalinity refers to the concentration of alkaline materials in the water and is directly related to the stability of the pH. The total alkalinity should be between 80 - 120 ppm. Alkalinity levels below 80 ppm or above 120 ppm can affect your ability to properly maintain the recommended pH. Always balance the alkalinity before attempting to balance the pH.
The pH level measures the relative acidity and basicity of the water. It is measured on a scale of 0 - 14. The ideal pH level is 7.2 - 7.8 When the pH level falls below 7.2, it can damage metal in the equipment pak, pump seals, and most importantly cause irreparable wrinkling of the vinyl liner. A pH level above 7.8 will reduce the effectiveness of chlorine or bromine. pH is measured using a water test strip and can easily be adjusted if necessary using SoftRise or SoftDown.
Although softub chemical additions are not normally required on a daily basis, certain use and environmental factors can cause more frequent water treatment needs. We recommend that you test daily and prior to each spa use.
Every Three Months
When the water becomes difficult to manage, drain the spa and refill. The average spa needs to be drained approximately every three-four months.
Prior to Draining:
These products are only used if needed:
FoamAway — If foam appears in your tub, the action of the jets will keep it from dissipating. The use of FoamA way will instantly get rid of the foam.
SoftRise and SoftDown —
Both of these products are needed whenever
the Alkalinity or pH are not within the
proper range shown on the Water Test Strip.
Low pH or alkalinity, add SoftRise. High pH
or alkalinity, add SoftDown. Both SoftDown
and SoftRise adjust pH faster than it
adjusts Alkalinity. Therefore, a two-step
adjustment process may be needed to get both
properties in the “ideal range”.
Note: Be sure to dissolve SoftRise
and SoftDown prior to adding to the spa. The
SCUM RING IN TUB
FAILURE TO GET A CHLORINE READING
TOO MUCH SANITIZER IN THE WATER
EYE OR SKIN IRRITATION
CORROSION OF METAL
ERRATIC pH TEST COLOR
Glossary of Terms and Product
Alkalinity — The concentration of alkaline materials in the water. Proper alkalinity is directly related to the stability of the pH. High alkalinity will make the pH impossible to adjust. Low alkalinity will make the pH unstable and difficult to maintain.
Bacteria — The germs that contaminate your spa water.
Balanced Water — The correct balance of alkalinity, pH and sanitizer.
Calcium Hardness — The amount of dissolved calcium in the spa water. This should be approximately 250 - 500 ppm. High levels of calcium can cause cloudy water and scaling. Low levels of calcium can cause permanent harm to the equipment pak and wrinkling of the vinyl liner.
Calcium Up — Increases calcium levels in your water to avoid damage to the equipment seals, metal in your spa, and the vinyl liner. Especially needed if using soft water.
Chloramines — The result when chlorine combines with bacteria and becomes “used”.
Chlorine — The recommended type of sanitizer for a vinyl lined spa. It is granular with a nearly neutral pH that dissolves rapidly.
Chlorine Demand — The amount of chlorine that must be added to the spa to destroy existing bacteria and algae and establish a chlorine residual.
Chlorine Residual or Free Chlorine — The available chlorine left in the spa water to destroy harmful organisms after the Chlorine Demand has been met. The correct amount of free available chlorine is 3 - 5 ppm.
FoamAway — Instantly rids the spa of undesired foam.
pH — pH level is the measure of acidity and basicity of the water, it is measured on a scale of 0 - 14. The ideal pH level is 7.2 - 7.8. When the pH level falls below 7.2, damage to the metal in the equipment pak can occur and wrinkling of the vinyl liner. A high pH level above 7.8 can reduce effectiveness of the sanitizer, and cause cloudiness and scale formation. Improper pH levels can be irritating to the eyes.
pH Lock — Locks in the pH level in freshly filled spas.
ppm — Parts per million. The measurement of chemical concentration in the water.
Refresh — Restores clarity to dull water by combining unfilterable microscopic particles into larger particles so that they can be trapped in the filter.
Relieve — Rids spa of minerals and metals that can interfere with filtration, affect sanitizer efficiency and stain spa surfaces. Necessary if you have well water or water with a high metal/mineral concentration.
Renew — Keeps your filter operating efficiently by removing grease, grime and other build-up that can impair the filtration process.
Sanitizer — Any product or device that kills bacteria living in the water.
SoftChlor — A fast dissolving, granular product used for sanitation of the spa water. Dispensed manually into the water as needed.
Softclean — A vinyl cleaner which safely cleans the exterior vinyl components. SoftClean helps keep vinyl looking sparkling new.
SoftDown — Decreases the pH and Alkalinity level of the water in your spa.
SoftGuard — A bromine based tablet that is used to sanitize in lieu of chlorine. SoftGuard is used with a floating dispenser that allows the tablets to gradually dissolve.
SoftRise — Increases the pH and Alkalinity level of the water in your spa.
SoftShock — Rids the water of chloramines or bromamines through oxidation (shocking). Should be added once per week.
Spa Perfect — Naturally biodegrades body oils and grime that can cloud water, clog filter and produce scum lines.
Swirl Away — Removes build-up of oils and other debris in plumbing lines and jets. Makes the interior of the spa sparkle.
Water Balance — The interrelation of factors which determine the quality of spa water.
Water Test Strip — An accurate dip test that measures the spa water for sanitizer, pH, and alkalinity levels.