Specialty Chemicals

Specialty Chemical Needs for your Home Spa

When you are sanitizing your hot tub, checking the pH, and treating it with shock regularly, it can be frustrating when your water still isn’t the clear, clean, soft, sparkling liquid you had imagined.  Well, don’t worry.  Specialty Chemicals can help you target those Hot Tub water quality issues that the sanitizers, shock, and pH balancing cannot.  Use these solutions as your second line of defense to put the AHH back in your SPA.


Specialty Chemicals

Few Hot Tub owners need all the Specialty Home Spa chemicals all the time.  But many need one or two.  If you see the signs of one of the items below, you may want to get your water tested just to make sure.  This is something different from the pH test.  A water quality test can tell you exactly what specialty chemicals you need, and keep you from spending more than you might have otherwise. 

The most common problems are outlined below:

Foam:  Chemicals, body oils, dead skin, dust, soap or fiber residue from swimming suits, and even low levels of bacteria that detach from your body all increase the level of total dissolved solids (TDS) in the water. Dissolved solids are typically too small for your filter to remove.

As the TDS level rises, it reacts with laundry detergent residue left after laundering swimming suits, and natural surfactants from ground water.  This reaction makes foam bubbles appear on the top of the water.  To learn more about defoaming products for your Home Spa, click here to contact us.

Calcium:  When water has high levels of calcium, you can feel it.  This is why water high in calcium is called “hard” water.  To learn more about adjusting the calcium level in your Hot Tub, click here to contact us.

Iron:  A metallic smell or rust colored stains below the jets suggest your water has higher normal levels of iron.  Iron can stain your Home Spa’s acrylic finish and foul your Hot Tub’s water heater.  To learn more about testing for and controlling iron levels in your Home Spa water, click here to contact us.

Copper:  A greenish tint to the water or greenish, scale like stains below the jets suggest copper is present in your water.  Like iron, copper can stain your Home Spa’s acrylic finish and foul the Hot Tub water heater.  To learn more about testing for and controlling copper levels in your Home Spa water, click here to contact us.

Scum:  Scum rings can form around the water level of your hot tub due to oil and grease build up in the water.  Scum can be prevented by regular maintenance or by using a scum prevention product.  To learn about how to prevent “ring around the Hot Tub” click here.  If you already have a scum problem and you want to review the cleaning options, click here to contact us.


Two Last Notes

This page summarizes the specialty chemicals available for your Hot Tub.  A separate page outlines the basic chemicals, including Sanitizers, shock, and pH balance.  To learn more about these basic chemicals, Click Here.

One of the best ways to reduce the amount of chemicals you have to use and to keep your Hot Tub water sparking and clean is routine maintenance.  This includes replacing the filter, changing the water, and having a good hot tub cover in place when the home spa is not in use.  To learn more about maintenance and to review maintenance product options, Click Here.