Many hot tub shoppers and owners have questions about the maintenance of their hot tub water. Which product should I put in it? How often? Is it complicated? My friends all recommend different products – which one is best for me?
When you get right down to it, hot tub owners are looking for something safe and easy to use that will deliver both performance and value.
After investigating all the different hot tub solutions available, we have your answer. It’s fast, simple, and we know it works because our family uses it! We recommend Soft Soak Trio, a SpaGuard product made by BioGuard, a recognized leader in hot tub & pool watercare for decades.
How to Use Soft Soak Trio
The Trio Kit contains a start-up package, 13 weekly packages, and a draining package. Each week you put in 1 pre-measured package from the kit and top up your chlorine or bromine. A quick test with a test strip to check your alkalinity and pH level will ensure you have the perfect hot tub water.
All you need to do is decide whether you want to use chlorine or bromine in your hot tub. Both are effective, but you should know the difference between them.
Should I Use Chlorine or Bromine in my Hot Tub?
Another popular question from hot tub owners is whether they should be using chlorine or bromine in their water. In broad terms, the answer depends on how often you use your hot tub.
Chlorine provides clearer water, but because it dissipates faster it needs to be added more often. So if you’re in your hot tub every other day, you can add chlorine each time you get out.
If you’re in your hot tub only once or twice per week, bromine might be a better choice because it stays in the water longer and doesn’t have to be added as often.
There are other factors to consider, such as proper balance for bathers with sensitive skin or skin allergies. It’s also important to know how to use the chemicals properly so they keep your water clean and your bathers comfortable.
Call us at 905-891-8818, or visit our store and tell us about your particular needs. We’ll be sure to get you on a watercare system that works for you.
Hot Tub Myths Debunked
With a combined experience of over 60 years in the pool & hot tub business, we’ve heard it all! So when it comes to caring for your hot tub water, we’re able to separate the myths from the facts to ensure that you continue to enjoy your hot tub experience.
Here are some of the most popular myths – debunked!
Myth: There is a hot tub or hot tub water system available where you don’t need to use any chemicals, such as chlorine or bromine.
Fact: Health Canada requires that all hot tubs have at least a small amount of chlorine or bromine in them. This is because they are the only two products that guarantee the safety of the bathers from bacteria that may otherwise be present. Without chlorine or bromine, your bathers are at risk.
Myth: There is a hot tub program where you put one product in once per month and then there is nothing else to do. It even balances the water for me so I don’t have to check my alkalinity or pH level.
Fact: Based on the variety of things that your hot tub water will need in order to operate properly, this idea is simply not possible. Even the best programs, such as Trio, require a minimum of one product to be added per week to reset your water properties so it looks, smells, and feels nice, as well as to protect the hot tub equipment. Alkalinity and pH naturally shift in different directions for different hot tubs, making it impossible for any one product to balance every hot tub properly. If your water balance is ignored, it will lead to dry or itchy skin and damage to your equipment.
Myth: Chlorine and bromine are bad, which is why I don’t want to use them in my hot tub
Fact: Chlorine and bromine aren’t bad at all, as long as they’re used properly. For example, some hot tub owners who use these chemicals sometimes have the sanitizer levels too high, or don’t routinely shock the hot tub water. Both situations will lead to less desirable water that smells like chlorine or bromine.
We will provide you with simple steps that will leave your water sparkling clear and odour free!
Myth: I heard saltwater hot tubs are a good option because salt is natural and bromine and chlorine are not.
Fact: Saltwater hot tubs are not a bad option, but you should know they use a generator that manufactures the same chlorine or bromine in your hot tub water that you would traditionally add from a store product. The only difference is the expensive device that adds it for you.
With the amount of metal components in hot tubs today, we have seen the side effects of salt causing rust over time, just like it does on a car. But unlike a car on the road, salt is always present in a hot tub, leading to damaged components quickly. We can’t ethically recommend something on your hot tub that we know will increase component failure and service calls.
Myth: All hot tub companies are the same – they just want to sell you stuff.
Fact: This is the biggest myth of all! Lakeshore Pools & Hot Tubs truly cares about the quality of your water. We will never sell you anything you don’t need, or won’t work in your hot tub system. We treat your hot tub water as if it’s our very own.
In fact, we even offer free in-store hot tub water testing with no obligation to buy!