I'm a the owner of a new in ground pool and spa. I have read through a lot of the pool school info, have the TF-100 test kit and now have everything balanced. Yay for me! I have the Pentair Intellichlor SWG. It has separate settings for both pool and spa output. The pool company that did the initial install only set it for the pool. I changed the output amount for the pool while balancing which is when I noticed it could be set for the spa also. Currently spa output is 0. I hadn't previously considered the spa separately. I'm not sure if the pool water gets completely circulated through the spa all the time or not. I assume it must be circulating at least somewhat while the spillway is on and the normal pool run setting does turn on the spillway as well as some sheer descents we have. However it normally runs at a low speed which pushes very little water over the spillway. I do have a spillway setting that ups the pump speed so more water goes over the spillway and to the sheer descents so they look nice and full.
I did a basic total chlorine and ph test on the spa today and they are about the same as the pool currently. So I did not do the rest of the tests on the spa.
My main question is do I need to regularly test the spa separately when I test the pool. Also I would appreciate any info on the circulation of water through the spa and whether I need to make sure the pump runs at a higher speed for some amount of time to make sure that happens.
Sorry if this is a repeat question. I tried searching but when you use the words test, pool and spa you get practically every thread as a result.