HYDROPOOL IS THE WORLD’S ONLY SELF CLEANING HOT TUBS & SWIM SPAS
Hydropool has swim spas for relaxing, working out and even a little bit of both. With a bunch of customizable jet and design options, you’ll be able to find something your entire family can enjoy.
The AquaTrainer line is geared toward an active swimmer, but still gives the best of both worlds. It has variable resistant, adjustable current stream, the thigh/abductor jets for lower body massage and resistance exercises and two hydrotherapy massage seats. The AquaTrainer is a pool, hot tub and aquatic gym all-in-one. This swim spa is a fiberglass reinforced acrylic one-piece mini-pool that allows you to swim, jog, exercise or play. It needs less space, costs less money and requires less maintenance than a conventional pool. Adjust the current from a gentle front crawl to a 1:02 hundred-meter swim pace a challenge for even a competitive swimmer.
If you don’t want to deal with maintenance, Hydropool has what you’re looking for: The self-cleaning spas like the AquaTrainer 14 fX can filter 100 percent of their water in 45 minutes. The unique floor vacuum cleans the hot tub and SwimSpa floor so there is no need for you to. The Watercare products are more effectively circulated around and heavy contamination such as grit and dirt is removed.
Pros: Multi purpose swimspa catering to multiple uses in one package, Self cleaning technology, costs less than a normal pool and costs less to run.
Cons: The Aquatrainer is more geared towards exercise than similar priced models and isn’t as large as other types of hot tubs and swimspas
If you are interested in the AquaTrainer range here at Wensum Pools Ltd give us a ring on 01328 838834, email us at email@example.com OR come down to our showroom and see for yourself where we have 4 hydropools on display. Visit us at Swaffham Road, South Raynham, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 7HN
We are the only place in Norfolk with working hydropools on display!
Keeping your hot tub running well and the water clean is both important and simple to do. Regular maintenance involves simply cleaning the cover of your spa and making sure that the chemical levels are correct and the correct chemicals to added. We are happy to help with advise on the chemicals to best suit your tub and these can all be purchased directly from our showroom or ordering at our online store page. If chemical levels are too high in your hot tub it can cause corrosion of the equipment and skin irritation and if they are too low then bacteria can multiply. Regular cleaning of the cover is particularly important to prevent bacteria and germs from forming and this is something many hot tub owners overlook. Simple, regular and quick maintenance will help to keep the water clean and ensure your hot tub runs smoothly for years ahead.
Always use test strips to check that the chemical and mineral levels in your hot tub are correct – We recommend that you should check the chemical levels of your spa 1 – 2 times a week and these chemical strip testers can be purchased from Wensum Pools via our online store for as little as £11 for 50 test strips. Quick and easy to use they measure the chlorine, bromine, alkalinity and PH levels of your spa.
Only add one chemical at a time to your spa – If after you’ve done a test on the chemical levels in your spa and found they need doing then you need to add the correct chemicals to the water. We recommend that you add one chemical to the water at a time, allowing two hours before adding another chemical in. This will allow for the chemicals to disperse naturally and help maximise the chemicals efficiency. This two hour period will also help to minimise the risk of a chemical reaction between the additives which can cause problems to both the spa and individual. 1. Always keep your hot tub water running when adding in your chemicals. This is very necessary as the jets will mix the chemicals into the water more efficiently. 2. Always make sure that you are using the correct measure of chemicals when adding them into your hot tub. Be very careful not to heap or guess the amount as this will affect the balance that you are trying to control and could take you back to square one. Pre-measure the correct amount of chemicals needed before adding them into the water. 3. Once you have added the chemicals into your spa, leave the spa running through its program and the cover off for at least 15 minutes.
First test the total alkalinity of your spa – Using your test strips, if you have a high alkalinity reading add sodium bicarbonate or with a low alkalinity reading add sodium bisulfate as needed. When using your test strips a well balanced spa reading will be between 80 – 120 PPM total alkalinity, for readings where the total alkalinity is above 120 use the sodium bisulphate and a total alkalinity reading below 80 will require you adding sodium bicarbonate. After you’ve added these fast dissolving products to your spa you will need recheck the alkalinity with your test strips after a couple of hours. Maintaining a total alkalinity level first is very important as it will affect your pH.
Using chlorine or bromine to help stabilise your hot tub – To maintain the correct chemical levels of chlorine or bromine in your spa make sure that you use the appropriate test strips to test. The old standard for sanitising your spa has always been using chlorine however it is now being widely replaced by bromine as bromine is has a less potent smell to it and less harsh than using chlorine. 1. If using chlorine to sanitise your spa then you need to add 2 tablespoons if using granules directly into your spa water every other day so as to keep the chlorine levels between 1.5-3 PPM. 2. If you are using bromine then you should stay between 3.0 – 5.0 on the test strip. 3. You can purchase a special floater for when using chlorine or bromine tablets which you put 4 – 6 tabs in and leave to dissolve over time. This method means that you won’t have to add bromine or chlorine into your spa as often as when using granules. Always continue to check the levels of chemical and mineral in your spa at least once a week regardless. 4. Be careful not to over sanitise your spa when adding chlorine. Make sure that you add the appropriate amount needed to bring the levels to balance otherwise you could damage the spas equipment and also the cover.
Checking for calcium hardness – Many areas around the UK suffer from water hardness, especially in the Norfolk and Suffolk areas, this will contribute to a calcium hardness building in your spa. One solution is to use soft water, however this can be both expensive and impractical. We recommend using a spa defender product which will protect your spa against the build up of calcium. 1. Calcium hardness within your spa should stay between 100 – 250 PPM if you have an acrylic finish to your spa or 250 – 450 if you have a plaster finish spa.
Always check the pH levels last – The pH level of your spa should remain between 7.2 – 7.8 to be level. If your pH balance is higher or lower then work first to stabilise the total alkalinity. Next you will need to make sure that your chlorine/bromine levels are correct by testing with your test strips and if the pH levels are still then add in a pH balance product to level your spa readings. If your pH levels are high then add some sodium bicarbonate and if they are low then add some sodium bislfate. 1. You may need to adjust your pH levels if you notice the following things happening in your spa; the spa water is cloudy, scales have developed on your filter, the sanitiser is not working or when you are in the tub you suffer both skin and eye irritations.
Shocking your spa – Once a week add an odorizer into the water, especially important if you have been using the hot tub a lot and with different people and the natural body oils and hair products have left a bubbly brown film on the surface of the water. Shocking your hot tub with odorizers will kill the bathers waste built up in your spa and will keep the water crystal clear and clean. We recommend using a chlorine shock for chlorine or bromine spas or a non-chlorine shock for others, both are available to order from Wensum Pools.
Clean the spa filter at least every two weeks – Especially in areas of hard water or where the spa is used frequently you will need to make sure that the filter is clean. For a quick regular clean you can remove the filter from its cartridge and using a hose and brush wash it down and remove any dirt and grime that has built up. When replacing the filter back into the hot tub make sure that it is air dry before putting back in. 1. If the filter has become damaged or has stopped working completely then simply replace the filter with a new one. 2. We recommend for ease to clean your filter in your dishwasher. Make sure that the settings don’t go over 60 °C as higher temperature will damage the filter.
Make sure you remember to clean your hot tub cover at least once a month – Often overlooked, cleaning the spa cover is vital to keeping your spa in best working order as the cover plays a large part in keeping your spa clean. 1. Make sure you don’t use abrasive cleaners when cleaning the cover as this will damage the topcoat of the vinyl causing it to deteriorate much faster than it should normally. 2. Not so easy in this country but try cleaning the cover of your spa on a warm and sunny day and leave it to air dry before sealing it back up.
Always shower before using your hot tub – The biggest contributor to your water becoming murky and foam bubbles forming is hair and body products. Having a shower before you get in the tub and washing your hair and removing the products on your body will prolong the usage of the water within your hot tub. A good tip for remembering this is to run keep your hot tub slightly cooler when idle than when you get in it, normal hot tub temperature is usually between 38-40C, so if you turn up the temperature to that figure half an hour before getting in, this will give you enough time to have a shower. 1. We recommend using an enzyme-based clarifier when the hot tub is used frequently and by guests. This product helps clean the spa of all the soaps, gels, lotions etc that you or your guests wear and then bring into the hot tub.
When to change the water – This very much depends on how often you use the spa, how efficiently you maintain it and what type of spa you have installed. On average we recommend changing the water two to four times a year. As a guide for a typical family spa we recommend changing the water approximately every three months.
Always leave your spa filled and on – Even if you are a less frequent user of your hot tub we recommend always keeping your tub filled and on, simply turn the temperature down. Every spa will be equipped with circulating pumps that are programmed to run at certain times throughout the day to keep the water circulating. Circulating the water helps to keep your hot tub from the build up of algae and continually cleaning and filtering the water. It is more cost effective to turn the temperature down when not regularly used than to turn it off completely and having to refresh everything when you need it.
We hope that this blog has been helpful to you in keeping your hot tub in tip top condition. If you have any further questions, post them below and we will answer you or phone us on 01328 838834 and we will be happy to help you with any questions you have.