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Winter 2009 - Alkalinity and the Health of your Spa
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Winter 2009 - Alkalinity and the Health of your Spa

The most common cause of damage to spa equipment is spa water with low alkalinity. Low alkalinity in spa water makes the water corrosive. This corrosive water can easily damage spa pumps and heater elements.

What many people don't know is that most bromine tablets have the effect of lowering the alkalinity of spa water. In order to counter this effect, it is necessary to periodically add alkalinity increaser to the water.

It is good practice to check the alkalinity of spa water once or twice a month, and make corrections as needed. Make sure that your test kit has the ability to test for alkalinity, and avoid using test strips if possible (test strips are not very accurate). Here is a great test kit for basic testing. Spending a few minutes to keep your spa water balanced will help to prolong the life of your spa equipment.

For more information on basic water chemistry see our Water Balance Fundamentals page.

We strive to educate our customers with all of the know-how that we have amassed in our 20 years of pool and spa experience. If there is anything that you need help with, don't hesitate to call or email us: 1-866-400-2782