WARNING – using the wrong spa chemicals will damage your spa!
November 1st, 2015
We caught up with Chris from Spa Fix to discuss the importance of using quality spa chemicals to ensure the longevity of your spa and equipment.
Chris, have you seen the effects of using cheap chemicals in spas?
Operating a spa service company I see spas in all types of different conditions, some great and some bad. Every so often I am required to service a spa for someone that has used cheap, rebranded or even swimming pool chemicals. Their spas are not running efficiently and the water chemistry is all wrong.
I’ve seen damaged to spa jets, fittings and equipment such as control systems, heaters and pumps from improper chemical use.
What defines cheap or unsuitable chemicals?
Cheaper spa chemicals usually smell very strong and tend to be made for both swimming pools and spas. The bottles will give generic information for usage and amounts.
The main types of damage that can result in using cheaper or unsuitable chemicals include:
- Rubber damage: O-rings and seals for pumps, jets and lights
- Cosmetic damage: spa fittings can discolour, controller overlay peeling at edges, headrest deterioration
- Equipment damage: equipment may not work efficiently and begin to rust
- Humane effects: skin irritation, rashes or discolouration to hair and bathers
What chemicals should people use?
Always use quality, well known brands when it comes to spa chemicals. Ask the company that you purchased your spa from what their recommendation is and ensure you follow your specific water quality manual for correct usage of chemicals.
Quality chemicals are generally reasonably priced and we can assured that they will be reliable, soft on our skin and have no heavy odours.