As Pool Season Kicks Off, Next Generation pHin Monitor Makes Water Care Easy

With a refreshed app experience, pHin uses smart technology to make pool and hot tub water care a breeze with robust analytics and enhanced pool chemical compatibility.

pHinTM, by Hayward Industries introduces the next generation pHin smart water monitor. Featuring software upgrades that enhance built-in analytics and augment pHin’s proprietary algorithm for water care as well as an updated user interface and monitoring subscription free for the first year, the smart monitor now works with an expanded list of compatible chemical brands for the 2020 season.

The pHin Smart Monitor removes the guesswork from pool and hot tub water care for chlorine, bromine, or saltwater systems. The next generation model now offers an enhanced and streamlined experience. Missteps in water care can present cloudy water, sub-optimal conditions, or health risks like recreational water illnesses that detract from the joy and benefits of pool and spa ownership.

Engineered to float in the water 24/7 throughout the pool season, whether in the summer or year-round, pHin measures pH, sanitizer, and temperature levels over 1,000 times per week. Robust on-board analytics and a proprietary algorithm acclimate pHin to its water environment and leverage data continuously taken in the water to improve chemical dosing instructions over time. With the monitoring subscription, users can view historical charts of their water conditions and share data with their pool technician or retail store.

The pHin app user interface has been refreshed, and provides easy-to-read, color-coded guides regarding water status. Through the app, pHin users receive alerts directly on their smartphone about their water quality and temperature, with actionable chemical dosing instructions. The next generation pHin model features a growing list of compatible chemicals for chlorine, saltwater, or bromine pools and hot tubs. Users can scan or select the chemical brand of their choice from the supported chemical database of over 60 brands, including poolife®, Applied Biochemists®, BioGuard, E-Z CLOR®, Pool Breeze®, SHOCK-IT®, and more; the full list is available here.

“The height of the swim season is here, and families need to know that their water is safe for everything from a morning swim, to relaxation, and fun and games,” said pHin Co-Founder Justin Miller. “We designed pHin to take the guesswork out of maintenance, and we’ve continued to evolve the pHin experience to reduce the time spent on pool and hot tub care. With increased reliability and more compatible chemicals, pHin’s algorithm and intelligence is the easiest way to maintain safe swimming water this year.”

Enhancements to pHin also include connection to local retailers, where users can select their local pool store of choice and add chemicals to their shopping cart right from the app for easy pickup.

pHin is $349 U.S. MSRP, and available for order on Amazon and phin.co, as well as at local retailers.

To learn more about pHin visit phin.co.

Hot Tub Questions? We Have The Answers

A hot tub is a place to relax and de-stress, have fun, or enjoy with family and friends. But the heat of the water can make it tricky to maintain crystal clear water and a safe chemical balance.

The pHin experts are here to help! We’ve answered 7 common questions about hot tub care:

Q: How often should I clean the filters in my hot tub?

A: In general, hot tub filters should be rinsed with fresh water every other week. You can use a garden hose to clean off debris in the filter, but for best results it will need a deep clean every three to four months. To do so, remove the filter and soak it in a specialized chemical solution.

Tip: Keep a spare filter on-hand so you can continue enjoying your hot tub while your filter is soaking. It’ll help your filter last longer, and you’ll never be without a clean one.

Q: How often should I drain my hot tub?

A: As a rule of thumb, hot tubs should be drained every three to four months. But this might vary depending on how often you use your tub, and whether you use a bromine or chlorine system. Draining and refilling your hot tub is necessary for proper sanitation, and to prevent chemical build-up.

Q: Why is my water cloudy or green?

A: A number of factors can turn water cloudy or green, such as algae, unbalanced chemicals, bacteria, or even problems with the filtration system. Don’t go in the tub if the water if it looks off – always check the water balance before you use your hot tub or swim spa to make sure it’s safe (pHin can help with that).

If it’s green or cloudy, start by double checking that the filter is clear of dust and dirt – some products can trap debris and cause cloudy water. If there’s bacteria growing in the water, refer to your chemical instructions to add another dose of shock or chlorine to balance the water.

Tip: If you’re not sure what chemicals to add, pHin can help you with the right amount whether you have a bromine or chlorine tub. It would also alert you ahead of time if your water balance is off.

Q: Can I use pool chemicals in my hot tub?

A: Water balance is delicate, and chemicals should be calculated based on the type of system you’re using, and the vessel size. Always use the correct type of chemicals for your hot tub — pool chemicals are a lot stronger and more concentrated, and a chemical overdose could throw your pH balance off and cause damage. Using the correct chemicals will keep your hot tub in top shape for years to come.

Q: Should I use bromine or chlorine as a sanitizer?

A: The chemical system comes down to personal preference. Bromine is a gentler chemical, while chlorine is a more effective sanitizer. Each have pros and cons – read pHin’s guide to choosing your hot tub chemical system and refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Q: Can I get a rash from my hot tub?

A: Yes, you could get a rash from your hot tub, but only if the water isn’t properly sanitized. With the right water care routine, a hot tub or swim spa should be safe from “hot tub rash,” or pseudomonas folliculitis (read more about it in this fact sheet from the CDC). To ensure safe water, always check the levels of the chemicals in your hot tub before swimming, and make sure you rinse off after getting out of the water.

Q: Why doesn’t my hot tub get hot?

A: Nobody wants to dip their toe in a cold hot tub – yikes! If the water just won’t warm up, there could be an issue with the filter. When it’s clogged and water can’t flow through the filter, the heater shuts off. For a quick fix, try popping out the filter and giving it a quick rinse and soak in a cleaning solution. If that doesn’t do the trick, you might need to replace the filter. A professional can also help to give your hot tub or spa a full check-up.

If you’re having trouble setting up your hot tub care routine, technology can help. pHin is a smart monitor that constantly monitors the pH, sanitizer, and temperature. You can check the water status on the app to make sure it’s safe for a soak or relaxation. And, if the water gets out of balance, pHin sends an alert straight to your smart phone with chemical dosing instructions.

Do you have more questions about hot tub care? Ask the pHin team on Twitter or Facebook!

6 Hot Tub Mistakes to Avoid

Hot tubs can have many benefits – they can help with a post-workout recovery, de-stressing, and even be a place to host parties. If not properly cared for and safe for soaking, hot tub water can pose health risks, like coughs and rashes. Yikes!

The warm water in a hot tub needs special care to remain a safe place for whatever benefits you seek, whether it’s fun, relaxation, or recovery. The certified pHin pool care experts put together a list of 6 Don’ts of hot tub care:

1.       Don’t cut the power on a full tub

Whether you use your hot tub regularly, a few times a month, or a few times a week, it’s necessary to maintain the same water level and a steady temperature. For both cold and warm seasons, this is ideal to maintain the chemical balance vs.  letting your hot tub cool down and then reheating it for each use.

2.       If you see green, don’t get in

If you’re ready for a soak and your hot tub water looks a little off, has a weird foam, green tinge, or flowing foam – don’t get in. These are signs that your hot tub water is unbalanced, unsanitary, or unsafe, and can have health risks. It will need chemical attention to be re-balanced, or you may have to drain and refill the tub to resolve the issue.

3.       Say “no” to plastic covers

Maintaining hot tub water is a delicate balance. A greenhouse setup or a plastic cover can magnify sun rays and trap heat in the tub. This extra heat can make it challenging to maintain a healthy water balance, and can even melt the plastic cover. It’s best to use the hot tub cover recommended by the manufacturer.

4.       Some like it hot – but don’t go over 104° F

The heat of the hot tub can be soothing for tired muscles, or even help with common headache symptoms. But be careful – a hot tub’s max temperature should be 104° F. Heating your hot tub above this level can be unhealthy and dangerous for swimmers, and could also damage your hot tub.

5.       Skip the soaps and suds

Aromatherapy can enhance hot tub relaxation, but it’s best to keep soaps, scents, and suds out of the water. Adding these products is not recommended by most hot tub manufacturers, as they can be detrimental to your system, requiring a drain and refill or  an expensive repair. It’s also a best practice to rinse off in the shower before getting into the hot tub. If you’d like some extra soothing scents, you can try an essential oil diffuser or candles in your hot tub space.

6.       Don’t forget your filters

For best results, hot tub filters need to be cleaned every two to three months and completely replaced every two years. Even if you don’t regularly use the hot tub, changing filters is important, because buildup can be a cause of unbalanced water and affect the lifespan of your hot tub. For a more efficient hot tub, the silver ion cartridge needs to be changed every four months.

Bonus tip #7: Use technology to monitor your hot tub water

Whether you have a service tech who manages your hot tub or you’re taking on the task yourself, the best way to know exactly what’s going on in your hot tub water is to have a smart monitor that analyzes it for you. The pHin has built-in analytics, a mobile app, and Bluetooth connectivity that keeps you informed about your hot tub water and guides you with chemical instructions.

Learn about the three simple steps for pool care with pHin.

3 Common Mistakes to Avoid when Adding Hot Tub Chemicals

Managing the pH level of your hot tub is like an ongoing science experiment. It can be difficult to keep up with your water’s chemical levels as they’re ever-changing. It’s  critical to keeping your hot tub safe for your family and friends, as unbalanced water can have health implications for those who come in contact with it.

To keep your hot tub balanced, avoid making these three mistakes:

#1: Not Testing the Hot Tub Water

When it comes to hot tub water, pH and alkalinity are cousins, and you can’t adjust the pH and alkalinity of your hot tub accurately if you don’t know the levels in real-time. Most people check manually with test strips and charts to balance their pH and alkalinity levels. The process can be tedious and sometimes might feel like you need a chemistry degree to figure out the right balance — but it doesn’t really have to be that hard.

Hot tubs can be fickle. When a pH is too high in a hot tub, the water becomes scale forming. High pH can cause premature equipment failure and increase your sanitizer consumption. Highly acidic water makes it more difficult for your sanitizer to work effectively, leaving bathers in your hot tub exposed to potentially harmful contaminants. Alkalines serves as buffers for the pH. When any metal part comes into contact with water that has low total alkalinity, it can corrode, putting heating elements, pipes, and heaters at risk. Calcium scaling can also occur, making it more difficult to keep surfaces clean and plumbing free of scale buildup.

You can use a smart water monitor like pHin, which tests your water balance over 1,000 times per week and sends you an alert if anything needs to be adjusted. The proven technology makes the process much easier, more convenient, and more accurate.

Recommended pH Level: 7.4 – 7.6

Recommended Alkalinity Level: 125 – 150ppm

#2: Not Keeping the Cover Off Long Enough While Adding Chemicals

It takes time for the chemicals you add to your hot tub to become fully functional, as they emit gases while absorbing into the water. When adding chemicals to a hot tub, it’s important to leave your hot tub cover open for at least 15 minutes so they can breathe and work effectively. When chemicals don’t properly dissipate, the water feels acidic. Bathers may also feel uncomfortable, experiencing skin or eye irritability as acidic water strips their skin of its natural oils, leaving it feeling itchy and dry.

Sanitizers such as chlorine and bromine will better defend against bacteria, viruses, algae, and other contaminants from forming in your water if you keep the cover open for an adequate amount of time. Without oxygen, the chemicals are less effective. Chemicals like shock also require oxygen to circulate, oxidize, and clean the hot tub.

#3: Not Checking and Adjusting Chemicals Often Enough

There are a lot of reasons as to why your water level are off. Often, people accidentally add too much pH increaser when they are trying to correct a low pH level, they measure incorrectly or they spill. For some of us, the local water source may naturally have a higher than normal level. You may have to check and adjust your chemicals more frequently depending on how much you use your hot tub. If you use it daily or recently had a party with a large group of people, you might need to add more chemicals than usual. It’s a best practice to check and adjust the chemicals and shock your hot tub at least once a week, However if you have a large group or if there’s a possibility that leaves and other organic materials may have gotten into your hot tub, you may need to check it more often.

Smart water monitors check the chemical balance of your hot tub multiple times a day and will alert you if you need to add any chemicals. The beauty of an automated system is that you always know your hot tub is perfectly balanced the second you are ready to hop in.

Five Ways to Enjoy Your Hot Tub This Winter

Most people put their hot tubs in hibernation mode during the summer when it’s just too hot to enjoy the spa. As the last leaves fall from the trees and the first fall chill hits the air, it’s a good time to uncover the hot tub and prepare it for a full season of winter fun. While hot tubs are a perfect après-ski gathering place to soothe sore muscles after a day on the slopes, there are so many other ways to make the most of it during the winter.

Here are five reasons to enjoy your hot tub throughout the winter months:

  1. De-stress from the holidays. As winter kicks in — so do the holidays! But there’s an added layer of stress for most of us — decorating, shopping, family dinners, and work parties all create more stress for our already-busy lives. Schedule a few minutes every couple of days to enjoy your hot tub and let some of the tension soak away. You’ll feel better, be more focused, and be in a better mindset to truly enjoy the holidays. 
  2. Connect with family. Hanging out in the hot tub with your family is a great opportunity to enjoy quality time and genuine conversations. Lots of people focus on dinner as the main time to chat about school, work, and life — but let’s be honest, with the demands of work, after-school activities, commutes, and everything else life throws at you, finding time to dine together as a family just doesn’t always happen. Jumping in the hot tub in the evening is a great way to wind down, have meaningful conversations and, as an added bonus, keep everyone away from screen time — a great way to get a good night’s sleep.
  3. Recover from workouts. It’s important to keep up a consistent workout routine, and in the cooler winter months, that often means shifting your exercise regimen indoors. Any time you change your workout, you may experience different sets of achy muscles. The warm water can help soothe muscles after your cool down, and you can experiment with jet settings for added massaging so you’re ready for the next day of exercise.
  4. Socialize with friends. It can be hard to find time with friends, especially during the holidays. Sometimes we think that a quick Facebook or Instagram check-in counts as a connection, but quality time in-person is more valuable. Inviting friends over for a cocktail or cocoa and a dip in the hot tub is a great way to inspire genuine conversations and face-to-face connections with friends. Keep a couple of extra comfy spa robes and some flip-flops around so that your guests are warm and comfy, and feel like they’re being pampered.
  5. Enjoy peace and quiet. Being bombarded by the news, social media buzz, traffic, and meal planning all add to the stress of a busy day at the office or helping your family get through the week. Spend a few minutes in the hot tub, listening to the calming sounds of bubbling water, gazing at the stars, and breathing in the crisp, fresh air. This quiet time  connecting with nature can make you feel calmer.

Make sure your hot tub is well-maintained throughout the winter season with a few simple tips:

  • Clear out any leaves or debris. Fall leaves are beautiful but they clog filters quickly.
  • Make sure the water level is full. If you haven’t changed your water recently, now is the time to drain your hot tub and fill it with fresh water.
  • Check and clean or replace your filters. It’s a good idea to have two sets of filters so you can clean one set while using the other set.
  • Check and adjust the chemical levels…pHin makes it incredibly easy to keep your chemical levels correct by alerting you on your mobile device when they need attention.
  • Make sure your cover is in good shape and sealed to keep the heat. No matter how cold it gets outside, it’s not recommended to have your hot tub set at more than 102°F, especially if you have children.

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For help keeping your hot tub in top-shape, learn how pHin can help.

pHin Doubles Scannable Chemical Database

Pools, hot tubs, and swim spas are meant to be enjoyed, but it also  can take a lot of work to keep their water clean and safe. Water chemistry can be confusing but the pHin Smart Monitor provides an easy way to make pool and hot tub care more fun, with less work.

pHin has helped thousands of families by taking the guesswork out of water care so they can just have fun enjoy their pools and hot tubs. pHin floats in the water, measuring temperature, pH, and sanitizer levels over 1,000 times per week. With pHin’s monitoring subscription, alerts and our three-color notification system makes pool and hot tub care easy to understand. A blue disc indicates balanced water, orange advises that the water is safe for swimming but needs attention, and red cautions that the water is not safe and needs chemicals.

When the water needs to be balanced, the pHin gives specific dosing recommendations. Users get detailed instructions on the chemicals they need to add to their water, whether it’s bromine, saltwater, or chlorine. The system also works with hundreds of chemical brands so families can choose what’s right for their pool or hot tub.

The pHin team is always working hard to improve the experience, and we’ve just doubled the number of scannable chemicals in our database! pHin users can check out the new chemical brands added including Poolife, hth, and Leisure Time directly from their app. It’s easy to select which chemicals to use by simply scanning the chemical’s barcode or from a drop-down list. See the full list of supported chemicals here.

pHin is the proven path to easier water care.

Considering a Hot Tub for the Winter? How to Pick the Right Hot Tub for You

One of the great things about the Internet is the amount of information at your fingertips at any given time. When you’re looking to make a major purchase, such as buying a hot tub, this wealth of information is a great help. Even if you’re replacing an old tub, chances are you bought the previous one some time ago and your preferences, as well as styles and features, may have changed.

Unfortunately, picking your way through the information online is often challenging. Before you start your quest, answer these questions. Then, let those responses guide your choice.

How will You Use the Hot Tub?

The main function of your hot tub should be the primary focus when purchasing. Are you looking to exercise with your tub? Perhaps you should consider one with built-in fitness equipment or a swim spa. If your goal is hydrotherapy, then you need to make sure the tub you choose has the proper jets and features designed for your particular health condition. You also need to consider how often it will be used. Will it be used daily? How long will it sit with nobody using it? In that case, you need to consider the amount of energy it will take. Your tub’s purpose comes first and foremost when deciding which model is right for you.

Where Will You Install It?

Location might not seem like that big a deal, but in reality, it is incredibly important. Will it be indoors? Then you need to place it in an area both large enough for the tub and that allows easy access for service calls. If you want it outside, you need a tub that stands up well against the elements and your particular climate. You also need to ensure there’s enough space for servicing the hot tub.

No matter where you put it, you need to make sure that the surface the tub rests on is level and flat, and close to both a power and water source. You’ll need the correct wiring to run the hot tub, so keep that in consideration when it comes to placement. As for water, you will need to empty and refill the hot tub a few times a year, so make sure that wherever you put it has adequate drainage.

Is the Tub Energy Efficient?

A hot tub requires electricity to run, so keep the energy efficiency of your tub in mind. The best hot tubs have high-quality insulation, and even indoor spas should be well insulated. It is also recommended that you get a thick, insulated cover so that your tub can retain heat even when it is not in use. Also keep an eye out for spas that use a separate pump system for the jets and water circulation, as they tend to be more energy efficient.

Residents of California should make sure that their hot tub meets California Energy Commission requirements.

What Size Do You Need?

Size might not seem like an important factor in choosing your hot tub, until you’ve taken it home to install in a specific space and it doesn’t fit or you can’t get it through the doors. Or, you go to set it up in your backyard and realize there’s nowhere to put it where it can be easily serviced. Portable spas are relatively small in size and can still accommodate two to three bathers without overcrowding. There are also above-ground and in-ground spas.

In-ground hot tubs typically don’t come in a large variety of sizes and are more labor intensive to install. Above-ground spas provide a larger number of size options and, while more labor intensive than an inflatable unit, tend to offer less maintenance requirements than an in-ground model. They also tend to be more energy efficient.

What Is Your Budget?

Other than the primary function of your hot tub, cost will probably be the biggest factor in choosing your new unit. Beyond the initial purchase price, you need to consider the cost of maintenance. Look at the accessories (steps, covers, etc.) and chemicals you’ll need to keep the tub in tip-top shape. Also consider long-term costs of running the hot tub. While the unit with solid foam insulation and a high-end filter might cost more than the one with basic insulation and filtration, it could save you money in the long run. Better insulation means retaining heat and spending less on power to keep the unit hot, and a better filter means less time and money spent on chemicals and cleaning. In some cases, spending more up front can save you more over time.

Additional Considerations

Research is key; look at models and specifications online, then go into a store to actually check them out. Most reputable dealers should let you test a few models to see how they feel. Consider everyone that may use the hot tub, including kids, friends, and family, and how the tub would be for them. When the time comes to actually buy a unit, you can purchase either in store or online, but make sure to ask about warranty service. It is also a good idea to buy from a dealer that has been in business for a while, since they are more likely to be there a year or two down the road.

If you want to ensure the water in your pool or hot tub stays balanced, consider pHin. It constantly monitors your water and tells your smartphone what you need to do to keep the water in your pool and hot tub healthy. Use it with your own chemicals for flexibility or get our single-dose, pre-measured chemicals delivered to your door. If you need someone to service your equipment, Pool Service on Demand connects you to local, qualified pool techs.

How to Prepare a Hot Tub For a Major Storm

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Strong storms can be a nightmare for hot tub owners and especially new hot tub owners that aren’t sure what they should do to prepare for their new hot tub for the coming storm. The most common types of damage from storms you will see on your hot tub are:

  • Water Contamination
  • Falling Debris
  • Hot Tub Cover Damage
  • Frozen Plumbing (Winter Storms)

Preparing your hot tub for a storm, whether it’s a severe spring thunderstorm or a winter storm bring several inches of snow can be avoided if you simply take a little time before the storm arrives to prepare your hot tub. Knowing how to prepare a hot tub for a major storm can prevent damage and save you money on repairs.

Strong Thunderstorms

The spring and summer months are notorious for dishing out some of the strongest storms of the season, depending on where you live. These storms can bring high winds, heavy rainfall and even hail and in some areas you could even be in the path of hurricanes or potential tornadoes.

Turn Off the Power

Anything that is connected to your hot tub that uses electricity must be shut down completely. This includes any lighting in the area and of course your heater and pump. Consider switching the circuit breaker off that controls your hot tub and anything that surrounds it that could generate a surge of electricity that could damage the components of your hot tub.

Remove All Loose Items

Bring all loose items that are close to the hot tub inside and out of the way of the storm. These items can include any tables and chairs, hot tub accessories and even potted plants that could get blown into the sides of the hot tub.

Add Extra Chemicals

Before the storm hits, go ahead and add extra chemicals to the water such as chlorine or hot tub bromine to be sure your water stays clean even if storm water happens to enter the hot tub.

Protect Your Equipment

Any part of your hot tub that is exposed and could be damaged should be wrapped with waterproof plastic carefully to be sure they are padded from wind damage and protected from the onslaught of falling rain. If the parts can be easily removed, consider taking them off and bringing them inside during the storm.

Cover Your Hot Tub

This issue is debated among hot tub experts everywhere with some believing that you should leave your hot tub uncovered to prevent damage to your cover. However, falling and blowing debris could damage the inside of your hot tub if it hits hard enough. If that happens, wouldn’t you rather your hot tub be covered causing only damage to the cover itself?

If you do cover your hot tub, be sure to strap it down tightly. Hot tub covers can act as kites in high winds and could be blown off if they aren’t properly strapped down to your hot tub. If you want to minimize the damage to your hot tub cover, consider purchasing plywood and strapping it down on top of the cover to shield it from damage.

Winter Storms

The winter months can bring a whole different breed of storm to your doorstep depending on where you live. Large snowfalls and cold temperatures present a totally different type of problem that you must address.

Consider Draining Your Hot Tub

Most hot tub owners love using their hot tubs during the cold, dark winter months. However, if a major winter storm is heading your way you may need to prepare for the worst.

Consider Power Outages

If you believe you could lose power for more than a few hours during a major winter storm, you may want to consider draining your hot tub before the storm hits. When you drain your hot tub, be sure you take the time to completely dry out all of the parts of your hot tub so they do not freeze. If you don’t, the frozen water could cause cracks to form in the plumbing leading to leaks and expensive repairs come springtime.

Try a Thermal Blanket

If you choose not to drain the water from your hot tub, you may want to pick up a thermal blanket that floats at the surface of your water. These blankets prevent heat from escaping so your water stays warmer for longer and could be all you need to get through those short power outages during the worst winter storms.

Keep an Eye on Your Cover

Your cover should be on your hot tub at all times during the winter storm. However, you will want to keep an eye on your cover especially if you are getting several inches or more of snow. Even just a few inches can add a lot of weight to your hot tub cover and could cause it to tear. During the storm and after the storm take a few minutes to clean the heavy snow off your cover so it doesn’t have to support all that weight for long.

Major storms present their own unique set of problems for hot tub owners, but if you are properly prepared, you will be able to reduce the risk of damage to your hot tub saving you money on expensive repairs in the process. For more, check out pHin.

Can’t Keep Up? Here’s an Easy 4-Step Schedule for Hot Tub Maintenance

You’ll hear us talk lots about consistency when it comes to hot tub maintenance. If a hot tub is going to be enjoyable then you need a simple maintenance schedule that works with your lifestyle.

If you keep your hot tub chemistry close to balanced, you will use less chemicals overall and minimize the workload. Treating problems or replacing hot tub water requires far more product than most people realize.

By keeping it simple and flexible hot tub care becomes easy and automatic. Each brand of hot tub is unique and may need special care. But here is an easy to use maintenance schedule for any hot tub.

  1. Weekly Walk Around

Some are crazy enough to do a weekly walk around daily. It sounds like a lot, but you’re basically accomplishing this task each time you use your hot tub. So if you skip a hot tub soak that week, be sure to head outside for a quick walk around.

  • Ensure the cover is secure and in place.  
  • Check for power to the display unit and ensure the unit is operational. 
  • Have a look at the temperature to ensure it’s close to the set point.
  • Do a quick walk around looking for any damage.  
  1. Weekly Chemistry Check

There are many choices to ensuring your hot tub water is balanced and sanitized:

  • Most hot tub and pool dealers will check any sample of hot tub water that you bring them.  Ensure you grab a sample from the middle of the hot tub as a best practice.  
  • Use the traditional test strips that check for pH, alkalinity and sanitizer level.  Follow the directions on the package and ensure you grab a sample from the middle of the hot tub.  
  • Use the liquid test kits that unfortunately only tests for sanitizer and pH levels.  

pHin Tip –  rid the Weekly Chemistry check with the pHin.  The pHin device continuously monitors water chemistry (pH, sanitizer levels, alkalinity, and hardness) and notifies you of the adjustments required.  It even ships you the correct amounts of chemicals to add.  

  1. Monthly Love For The Tub

This is a great time to give that hot tub cover a quick wipe down. You don’t want grime from the underside dripping into the water. It’s also time to give that filter the love and care it wants. If you are a frequent hot tub user or just had a party, you’ll want to check that filter more often. But this is a great starting point. 

  • Open the filter well and pull out the filter.
  • Ensure the filter(s) are in good shape.
  • Rinse the filter with water and replace. Or if grimy, a 24-hour soak in a chemical cleaner is in order.  

pHin Tip –  it’s wise to have a spare filter. If one needs cleaning then replace it with your spare filter and clean the dirty one when you have time.  

  1. Quarterly Water Replacement

You’ll want to replace the water in your hot tub every three months or so. Again, with frequent use or a party of any sort, you’ll want to replace the water more often.

  • Using a system purge at this stage is a habit that will keep your hot tub plumbing free of build up.  Add a hot tub specific system purge and circulate the system for at least 30 minutes.  
  • Turn off all power to your hot tub.
  • Pull the drain plugs and drain the hot tub completely.
  • This is a great time to scrub that tub down with a 50/50 while vinegar and water solution to get rid of any water lines.  
  • Rinse the hot tub thoroughly and install the drain plugs.
  • Replace the water by sticking the hose in the filter well to avoid air lock in the plumbing. Built-up air in the pipes causes airlock and can damage the pump.  Set a timer on your smartphone so you don’t have to be present for the filling.
  • Power up the hot tub and start that long heating process.
  • Balance and sanitize the new water by adding your start up chemicals (shock and sanitizer), and adjust your pH for the system to work efficiently.  

Consistent maintenance is key for performance and the longevity of your hot tub. Armed with the right tools, a simple schedule and a bit of knowledge that hot tub will remain a joy. Hot tub maintenance is easy with pHin.  It monitors water quality, notifies you by smartphone when you need to add chemicals and ships you just the right amount.   

Be sure to check out the pHin device, a new way to care for your hot tub. pHin monitors water quality, notifies you by smartphone when you need to add chemicals and ships you just the right amounts.