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Old 11-01-2011, 04:09 PM
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The admiral and I use ours maybe 5 times a week. We love to come home from work and decompress. We have learned over the years that body oil, lotion, hair conditioner, laundry soaps and whatever else sets the chemical balance off. I was told that health code requires the water to be pumped out every three months. The tube and pool are in ground but separate and it's a pain in the a$$ to pump out but I do it anyways. I actually use a bilge pump . I suck with the chemical levels. I started with chlorine years ago and could not get the level straight so a switched to bromine. I seem to do better with it but still struggle.

Question; should I continue to pump it out every three months?
Can I add acid when using bromine to control ph levels?
Do you all have better luck doing this another way?

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Old 11-01-2011, 04:16 PM
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I'm actually pumping mine out right now. My spa is about 350 gallons and I have found it to be much easier to just start over rather then adding chemicals to get the Ph back in balance. I usually go about 3-5 between pump outs. A friend of mine cleans pools for a living and he does the same thing.
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Old 11-01-2011, 04:21 PM
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When I had a hot tub once I got to the point where it was getting very diffacult to control the chemical I drained it and stared over, most of the time I asked folks to spray off or not wear lotion if they planned on getting in that night, That seemed to help a little
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Old 11-01-2011, 04:23 PM
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I put in a salt water tub in August. It's practically maintainence free.
I check the balances weekly and they're always within range. Clean
the filters every 6 weeks and will pump out and refill over the Thanksgiving
weekend and be good to go until Spring.
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Old 11-01-2011, 04:46 PM
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Originally Posted by CJS View Post
I put in a salt water tub in August. It's practically maintainence free.
I check the balances weekly and they're always within range. Clean
the filters every 6 weeks and will pump out and refill over the Thanksgiving
weekend and be good to go until Spring.


My neighbor bought a Hot Springs salt water tub in the spring and loves it. Checks it once a week. The thing is dam near automatic. I've been in it a few times and when you get out its just like a salt water pool. No oder, no chem's drying your skin.....But they are $$$ to buy.
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any hot tub can be converted to salt. I think. I know pools can

I wouldn't own another chlorine base pool/tub again.
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