Maintaining your hot tub should be simple and easy, while not taking up more than a few moments of your time when doing your maintenance. There are several different chemicals that you can use to keep your hot tub optimized and there are products that you can use to test the quality of the water, which are your test strips.
Being able to keep your hot tub in prime condition is going to depend on the information that your water analysis gives you. Some people prefer to use liquid test kits rather than the spa test strips simply because they feel that the liquid version is more accurate. However, technology is really advanced with the testing strips and they are now becoming one of the preferred methods for testing water. The reasons that many people like to use these strips is because they find it much easier and quicker to use, while being more economical when compared to the liquid test kits.
With the liquid test kits, you have to clean the equipment used for the testing before each use. You also have to know the formula of the liquids that you have to use. So, being able to use a test strip, which is requiring no more than dipping the strip into a sample of the water makes it an easy task.
The entire purpose of testing the hot tub water is to make sure that the water that the spa contains is fully balanced. You don't want too much alkaline and you don't want it to be too acidic. It also helps to determine how much sanitizer you need to use to keep the water free from bacteria and microorganisms.
When doing any adjustments to the water, the alkalinity should first be adjusted and then check the pH. This is because the total alkalinity will bring the pH into balance.
One of the newer products on the market when it comes to testing strips are those that will allow for the testing of bacteria. How often you need to test depends on the product that you are using to keep the bacteria levels down. If you are using bromine, you may want to check the water weekly, whereas if you're using other products, you may only need to test twice a month. But, you need to follow the instructions on the product that you are using.
Using the test strip is really easy. All you need to do is let the hot tub water circulate for a few minutes and then take a sample of the water from the spa. You can use a clean plastic drinking glass for this. Then, you take the strip and dip it into the water, so that it is able to wet the test pad section on the strip.
Shake the strip lightly after taking it out of the water and then compare it against the colour comparisons on the chart that you will find on the bottle.
One thing that you want to be careful of is to make sure that you wash your hands before doing the test as the residue on your fingers could affect the test results. Also, make sure that you store the strips properly, so that you're keeping them at room temperature and in a dry area. Don't allow them to become exposed to direct sunlight or any moisture. In addition, these strips often have an expiry date on them, so make sure that you check the date and that you are using ones within the appropriate date.