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How To Reduce High Chlorine Levels In Your Hot Tub

If you have a hot tub, then you obviously want the water to be sanitized properly. After all, the heated water in the spa is highly susceptible to bacterial and microbial activity. However, there are times that you may need to add a lot of chlorine, and this can make for a highly uncomfortable soak in the tub. If this is something you want to avoid, then follow the tips below.

Empty Water Every Six Months

Chlorine is responsible for sanitizing the water in the spa by destroying the bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms that make their way into the water. While chlorine can work well in relatively low concentrations, certain things can reduce the chemical's ability to work like it should. Specifically, a higher pH level can cause issues. This type of issue can reduce the ability of the chlorine to sanitize properly and can lead to chlorine irritation as well.

If you have been having difficulty controlling the pH level of the spa water, then this is a sign that the water is dirty. While some solids are collected by the filter and broken down by the sanitizing agents, much of the debris will remain in the water. This debris will change the pH of the water and more and more chlorine will then be needed to sanitize.

The best way to make sure that the spa water is clean and that low levels of chlorine are needed is to drain the hot tub and fill it up with new water. You should do this about once every six months. When you complete this task, make sure to use bleach or another type of strong cleaning agent to remove the built up debris from the spa before refilling it.

Use Hydrogen Peroxide After Shocking

If you have not used your spa in some time, then you may need to shock the water to kill microorganisms that have flourished in the tub while you were not using it. Shocking involves large amounts of chlorine. While the chlorine level in the water will reduce naturally, you will likely still see levels that are higher than normal for a week or more. This can be uncomfortable if you want to use the tub right away. 

Shocking is a necessary step to sanitize, so you should never skip the treatment if there is a need. You can always reduce the chlorine content of the water after the shocking, and hydrogen peroxide can help. Hydrogen peroxide chemically reacts with chlorine and breaks it down. 

A day or two after you add the chlorine to your spa, add one to two bottles of hydrogen peroxide. You can use your spa comfortably soon afterwards. 

For more information, contact local professionals like Aqua Care Pool & Spa Service & Repair.