Your new spa will give you years of enjoyable pleasure and it takes less than 30 minutes per week to keep it clean. After you have completed the six easy steps below your spa will be ready to hop-in and enjoy. Please take the time to test the water that you are using to fill your new spa with the test strips provided in the start-up kit. Make a note of these readings in the space provided in the back of your owner’s’ manual. This will allow you know where your starting point is and will make the start-up go much smoother for you.
STEP 1: Your spa should be filled using a Pre-filter, see your sales representative. This Pre-filter will help remove many of the minerals existing in the water, which will make adjusting the water balance easier after a new fill. Never use more than 50% softened water when filling your spa.
STEP 2: During the initial filling of the spa, add a sequestering agent (Metal Protect) to combat suspended minerals in the water. Add the whole bottle as instructed on the label. Allow water to circulate and filter for at least 12 hours before adding any other chemicals.
STEP 3: Test water for pH and total Alkalinity using the test strips provided in the start-up kit. The pH should be 7.4 – 7.6 and the total Alkalinity 100 – 120 PPM. Calcium hardness levels should be maintained between 150 and 250 PPM (part per million).
STEP 4: Adjust pH and total Alkalinity utilizing the directions on the chemical bottles provided in the start up kit. (pH UP or pH Down)
STEP 5: It may be necessary to retest and add additional chemicals to get to the proper levels in Step 3. Once the total Alkalinity is in the 100 – 120 range the pH will stabilize and stop fluctuating.
STEP 6: Add concentrated chlorinating granules* (sodium Dichlor-s-triazinetreone) to reach a Free Chlorine level of 5 to 8 ppm on initial start up to begin sanitizing the spa water. Do not enter the spa until the chlorine levels drop below 5.0 ppm. It is important not to add the chlorinating granules until the pH and alkalinity have been adjusted to their proper levels.
- Never heat your spa above 104˚F.
- Do not drink alcohol while using your spa.
- Always shower before entering the spa.
- Limit your time in the spa to 15 minutes.
- Maintain a proper sanitizing level.
- Do not mix chemicals before adding to the water. Add each chemical separately.
- Always add chemicals to water, not water to chemicals.
- Always store chemicals according to the manufacturer’s instructions and keep them out of the reach of children.