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Anyone have a Hot Tub?

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by FISHGUTS, 26 Dec 2017.

  1. CaptainRAVE

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 21 Nov 2004

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    Chlorine tablets really seem to kill the pH. I need to remember this before I prepare the water for a cycle when I will use them - think I need to keep it a tad alkaline. Don’t really have a choice when back in work, I usually forget to put the chlorine granules in, which ends up being worse.

    On the plus side, the water vacuum did a great job getting every last drop out, making the refill much cleaner. Slowly getting the hang of this gig.
     
  2. Salsa

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 May 2007

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    Make sure your water is balanced correctly, in particular Total Alkalinity (80-100ppm usually) as that will help buffer against PH changes from using tablets. I use the tablets with an auto-doser in our tub and only use the chlorine granules when changing out the water or after heavy use. Does mean a bit more care to keep the water balanced but it just takes a quick check once a week and means the chlorine levels are consistent.

    /Salsa
     
  3. LiE

    Capodecina

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    Location: Milton Keynes

    Anyone switched to or use bromine? Looks to be better than Chlorine in many ways for hot tub use.
     
  4. Nathan

    Mobster

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    Location: West Midlands

    thank you for the suggestion.

    Really enjoying this system, no chlorine smell and the wife is happy. I notice the water is slowly turning a shade green however which I know points at algae, I have tried none chlorine shock and that did not work. How do you manage the colour of the water?
     
  5. Bickaxe

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    It might not necessarily be algae. It could be a mineral build up in the water.
    We had this a few times and after a very heavy dose of chlorine and leaving it on for about 3 hours, it cleared up.
    We are in a hard water area so it wasn't a surprise, just annoying.

    Is there any slimy residue around the sides/waterline? This would point to algae.
     
  6. CaptainRAVE

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  7. LiE

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    Drain down today, thought I'd get it done before the weather turns to ****.
     
  8. CaptainRAVE

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    Yup, that’s my plan in a couple of weeks. Will then keep it going until feb/March. The tub has lasted so much better this time since using the vacuum to remove ever last drop of old water. The last chlorine tablet I put in has lasted about 2 weeks (turned down low and not being used).
     
  9. LiE

    Capodecina

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    Location: Milton Keynes

    I'm also filling mine with soft water this time, I feel like the epic amounts of calcium in the water doesn't help with the overall TDS in the water.

    Edit:
    So reading it's not a good idea to fill with soft water as that can cause issues. Soft water is only really used when doing salt water (which ours can do).
     
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  10. Firestar_3x

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  11. 413x

    Capodecina

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    If you're not using a hot tub is it better to sell or to leave at house for a selling point? Due to how difficult it is to move these?
     
  12. LiE

    Capodecina

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    Hot tub assist can move a hot tub, not sure how pricey it is. I guess if you find a buyer you can include the cost of moving it.

    They are a good selling point of a house, but it depends if you're going to sell soon :p
     
  13. 413x

    Capodecina

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    I'm guessing you don't get much. Thanks for the info.

    Was tentative on selling earlier in year. With price of electricity now it would cost a holiday to run over the year
     
  14. Nathan

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    Last house I used it in negotiation with price, sold the house with the tub in the end for more money.

    I have also paid professional movers for my current one, £300. Bargain IMO.