Spa and Hot Tub Care: Set-Up and Ongoing Maintenance

Getting a new hot tub or spa can be a tremendously exciting period of time. The private luxury of a backyard oasis where you can relax and unwind with a hot soak is an unparalleled way to spend a few hours. When it comes to getting your spa or hot tub properly set-up here is the 411:
When starting up a new spa or hot tub the right chemicals to add first off the bat and then in ongoing weekly maintenance include:

  • 2-4 tablespoons of chlorine
  • 4 tablespoons of shock
  • 1 teaspoon of alkaline pH down at a time to lower pH as necessary


  • Add 1-3 tablespoons of chlorine every two to four days to maintain good reading
  • Adjust chlorine if reading is 0 by adding 4 tablespoons
  • Continue to shock once a week or after heavy use
  • To lower pH, add 1 teaspoon of alkaline pH and wait 20 minutes to check. Repeat as necessary.
  • If water is cloudy, make necessary chemical adjustments and wait 24-48 hours for water to circulate and clarity to return.
  • Always run all pumps for at least 20 minutes with cover off.
  • Always wait at least one full hour after adding chemicals before using spa or hot tub.

Ongoing Maintenance
Professionals believe that a regular care routine is the easiest way to ensure your hot tub or spa performs best. Ongoing maintenance tasks include:

  • Draining and refilling the spa every 3-6 months
  • Performing a deep clean of the filter system every 1-2 months
  • Replace micro-filters every 120 -180 days
  • Replace large filter every 18-20 months

If you have any questions, contact our professional team to help you find the answers you need. Also, don’t forget to enjoy your spa!

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