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How Often Should I Test My Spa Water?

When you’re considering buying a hot tub, you may be concerned about maintenance. This is a valid concern, because when you’re buying something to relax, you don’t want it to be another task on your chore list. Luckily, hot tubs are easy to maintain. And the key to keeping it easy is testing your spa water. Testing your spa water will help prevent future problems with your hot tub, which means less maintenance. So if you’re wondering “How often should I test my spa water?”, we’re here to help you figure that out.

Testing Your Spa Water at Home

Whether you have a saltwater or chlorine hot tub, it’s pretty easy to test your spa water at home. All you have to do is follow the instructions on your kit, and it will take less than a minute. At-home water testing kits will test your pH, alkalinity, chlorine/bromine/saltwater levels, and other basics. You’ll compare the test to the colors on your bottle, and use that to figure out how you need to adjust your levels. After adding chemicals to balance the water, you’ll want to check again to make sure your water is safe before getting in.

Test your spa water at home at least a few times a week. This way, your hot tub will always be ready for you to enjoy.

Testing Your Spa Water Professionally

In your hot tub search, you may have seen hot tub dealers who offer free water testing. What’s the point in taking your water to the store to test if you can test it at home? While your at-home test kit checks for the most basic water issues, it doesn’t test everything. So, at least once per month you’ll want to take your water in to get it professionally tested. Our computerized ALEX testing system will give you an accurate read on all of your water chemistry. Plus, you’ll receive free expert advice on everything you need for the best water care.

But What If My Spa Water Looks Fine?

Do you really need to test your spa water if it looks fine? Absolutely. Just because the spa water doesn’t look cloudy doesn’t mean it’s perfectly balanced. Think about the last time you drank water from a fast food restaurant. It probably looked clear, but fast food water never tastes quite right. It may just be a bit of the lemonade that also comes out of that fountain, but that taste is still there, even though you can’t see the lemonade. 

This same concept applies to your spa water. Even if it looks fine, something may be slightly off. By the time it gets cloudy, it will take longer to fix. The few minutes a week it takes to test your water is worth saving time (and money) later.

Now that we’ve answered the question “How often should I test my spa water?”, are you feeling better about the maintenance needs of a hot tub? If you’re ready to start the hot tub buying process, head on over to SpaExpo. SpaExpo is the best place to get hot tubs in Austin. Plus, when you need help testing your spa water or have any other hot tub maintenance needs, we’ll be here to help. Contact us today to get started.

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