Clean & Safe Water Treatments

Keeping a clean, well-balanced hot tub is paramount to the health of bathers, and the lifetime of your hot tub. It’s important to treat your water properly with the right hot tub chemicals. In Mentor, North Coast Spa & Hot Tub is committed to keeping our customers safe, well educated, and keeping their hot tubs and spas in great shape.

We offer a wide range of hot tub chemicals whether you prefer newer, alternative treatments, or like to go the traditional route with spa chemicals like chlorine and bromine. Treating your hot tub with chemicals keeps pipes from corroding, diminishes mineral build up, and prevents bacteria from taking root.

Not sure where to start? Let our team help guide you through the ins and outs of how to test hot tub water, and how to treat hot tub water with the correct chemicals.

Chemical Name Chemical Purpose
Chlorine Sanitizer that kills bacteria, viruses, and algae
Bromine Alternative sanitizer to chlorine that is less harsh on skin and eyes
pH increaser (sodium carbonate) Increases the pH level of the water to prevent corrosion and scaling
pH decreaser (sodium bisulfate) Decreases the pH level of the water to prevent cloudy water and skin irritation
Alkalinity increaser (sodium bicarbonate) Increases the alkalinity of the water to stabilize the pH level
Algaecide Prevents and kills algae growth
Calcium hardness increaser (calcium chloride) Increases the calcium level of the water to prevent corrosion and scaling
Shock treatment (calcium hypochlorite or sodium dichlor) Quickly raises chlorine levels to kill bacteria and algae
Stain and scale control Prevents and removes stains and scaling on pool surfaces


Spa & Hot Tub Chemical FAQS

How often should I test the chemical levels in my hot tub?

You should test the chemical levels in your hot tub at least once a week. However, if you use your hot tub frequently or have a lot of people using it, you may need to test the chemical levels more often.

How do I know how much of each chemical to add to my hot tub?

The amount of each chemical you need to add to your hot tub will depend on the size of your hot tub and the current chemical levels. Always follow the instructions on the chemical product you’re using.

Can I use pool chemicals in my hot tub?

No, you should not use pool chemicals in your hot tub. Pool chemicals are often much stronger than hot tub chemicals and could damage your hot tub.

Can I use household bleach to sanitize my hot tub?

No, you should not use household bleach to sanitize your hot tub. Household bleach is not designed for use in hot tubs and can cause damage.

Is it safe to use hot tub chemicals if I have sensitive skin?

Some hot tub chemicals can cause skin irritation, so if you have sensitive skin, it’s important to use chemicals specifically designed for sensitive skin. You can also try using alternative sanitizers, such as bromine, which is less harsh on the skin and eyes than chlorine.

Can I use my hot tub immediately after adding chemicals?

It’s best to wait at least 15-30 minutes after adding chemicals before using your hot tub. This will allow the chemicals to properly dissolve and distribute throughout the water.

What should I do if my hot tub water turns cloudy?

Cloudy water in a hot tub is often caused by a chemical imbalance. Test your chemical levels and adjust them as necessary. You may also need to shock your hot tub to restore the chemical balance.

How do I store hot tub chemicals safely?

Hot tub chemicals should be stored in a cool, dry place out of reach of children and pets. Make sure to keep the lids on tightly and never store them near any flammable or combustible materials.

How often should I drain and refill my hot tub?

You should drain and refill your hot tub every 3-4 months, depending on usage. This will help keep the water clean and prevent buildup of minerals and other contaminants.

In conclusion, hot tub chemicals are an essential part of maintaining a safe and healthy hot tub. Regular testing and balancing of chemical levels is important to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and other contaminants. It’s also crucial to use hot tub chemicals as directed by the manufacturer and to store them safely out of reach of children and pets. By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your hot tub remains a clean and enjoyable place to relax and unwind. If you have any questions or concerns about hot tub chemicals, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional for guidance.