The thing to remember about hot tubs is that they are great to own and can bring you so much happiness and fun, but you do need to take care of them in order to get the most use out of them.
One of the most important things for you to do when you have a hot tub, is to make sure that the pH levels of the water are just right. You need to make sure that they sit between 7.2 and 7.8 on the pH scale as any higher or lower than this could cause some issues to develop, not only in the hot tub, but also for you too after you have used it.
Signs that your pH levels are too high (too much calcium in the water)
There are a few signs that there could be a problem with the pH levels in your hot tub water. One of the most obvious is that when you are in the hot tub, you will start to feel that your skin is dry and itchy as well as that your eyes are burning too. Not exactly the nicest feeling in the world. You will also see that there are marks and stains on the acrylic and the water will start to look cloudy.
As it carries on, you are likely to find that you will need to use more sanitizer in the water to get it to the right level. You may also see that the seals and components within your pump are becoming damaged and worn.
Signs that your pH levels are too low (high acidity)
Now the trouble with high acidity, is that the signs of this are much like the signs of high pH levels. Which can make things confusing. You will notice that your skin is itchy when you get into the water and you may also notice that the chlorine that you are adding isn’t working quite as well as it used to.
Another sign that the levels might be too low is that the acrylic on the hot tub, including the pump seals are showing signs of damage and even the metal components that are sturdy and strong are actually rusting too.
The only way to make sure that your pH levels are right in your pool is to test the water using pH test strips or a test kit with testing tablets. You need to do this on a regular basis, in fact, it is advised to do it before you get in. Just to make sure that the water you are about to sink into is in the very best condition possible and that you can enjoy it without any issues too.