Faqs and answers from queries on the search engines

We see requests to this site derived from questions people ask Google etc...  will try and answer a few in here.  If you want to ask us something directly, click, contact us

 

I put to much chlorine in my spa, what do I do?              Add a chemical called diclor (sodium thiosulfate)  It will reduce the chlorine immediately

My Spa water tests perfect but is cloudy and makes me cough           Most likely this is caused by high TDS drain and refill with fresh water

I put too much stabilizer in my pool how do I remove it?               There is no way to remove an access of cyanuric acid from your pool you have to drain water out and replace it with fresh water,  Remember if you drain a pool think of the water table and imagine your pool as a boat.  If you live in Florida only drain a small amount of water at a time.

A friend of mine is throwing a hot tub party this weekend and I'm not sure what is standard to wear at such an event. Do people generally go in private hot tubs nude, topless, or in a full bathing suit?

What have your experiences been.

I'm just not sure whether I should wear a bikini under my clothes or not.

This depends entirely on you and your friends comfort with nudity. Simply ask them!  As for us, and our private hot tub we bathe nude with our friends.   Swimsuits and other attire can cause many problems.  Sitting in a spa, donning a freshly laundered swimsuit might seem like the modest way to go, but your neighbors might develop a heightened interest in everything that goes on in your backyard if you can be seen nude. But your swimsuit can potentially be the number one cause of corrosion to your spa equipment. If the water in your spa is out of balance it will have a detrimental affect on the pump seals, the heater and heater element and as the water evaporates, it will affect the topside keypad, circuit board and the spa cover.  With this in mind your freshly laundered swim suit will contain soap residues and lint, adding corrosives to the water.

 

There's an odor that slightly hurts my lungs to breathe and makes me cough          High TDS   change the water

My wife's jewelry turns black      Bromine is notorious for this and we have seen it in almost all bromine spas.  Bromine also hides in the water and without special testing and treatment can climb to toxic levels.  Use a chemical called Oxy-Brite 5 minutes prior to testing for bromine and you may be surprised.

Would you service a nudist camp, Swingers Resort, or naturist's resort, if asked to perform the service nude?

We are into customer service, and if we were to accept that account, we would do as asked.  We respect others feelings, but please remember ours too.  If we might be asked to perform services that would be inappropriate for a business to engage in, then no!

My spa appears to be losing water    If your spa is on a concrete pad watch for water around the base present several days after  rain or snow.  If you leave your spa uncovered for long periods evaporation will also cause the water level to decrease as well as splash out.

My spa is in disrepair, is this dangerous?           It can be.  Broken or missing intakes at the bottom of the spa create a hazard, as long hair may get caught in it.  If these intakes are close to the pumping systems the hair could be caught by the pump.  Old and water logged covers pose a threat as they can become very heavy.  If you, as an adult, cannot lift it easily, imagine a child in the spa and what would happen if the cover inadvertently became closed.  Your spa should be checked from time to time to make sure the wiring, breakers, and other electrical components are in safe working order.

 

How can I tell if my filter is bad.    There should be a band around the filter commonly called a tell-tale.  If you can break this band with your figure with a gentle tug, your filter probably needs replacing. This picture shows the band and also shows that it hasn't been cleaned in awhile. In this case there is a build up of dog hair.

 

What is TDS?

As its name states, TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) is the sum total of all of the dissolved things in a given body of water. It's everything in the water that's not actually water. It includes hardness, alkalinity, cyanuric acid, chlorides, bromides, sulfates, silicates, and all manner of organic compounds.

  • High TDS can result in corrosion of metal equipment and accessories, even though the water is balanced.
  • High TDS can cause eye and skin irritation, even though the pH is right and there are no chloramines in the water.
  • High TDS can permit an algae bloom, even with a 2-3 ppm chlorine residual.

Every time you add anything to the water, you are increasing its TDS. This includes not only sanitizing and pH adjusting chemicals, but also conditioner, algaecides, and tile and surface cleaners. It includes airborne pollutants and bather waste as well as dissolved minerals in the fill water.