We have never had a hot tub and just installed one in our vacation rental 1 1/2 hours away. Our cleaner will maintain (but not repair) it. He does other's hot tubs and will check it twice a week for us.
I tried to educate myself and there's SO much to know and very confusing!
I found a maintenance schedule online and when I showed it to him he said no one does it that way . Unless they are retired. It showed a certain order to test and add chemicals, and said to wait 30 minutes in-between each!
I went to Amazon and found about 10 products and am wondering if we need them all. Some we got in our starter kit and some we didn't. Some that we didn't get I think we do need. And some that we did get seem not that important.
This is the list:
Chlorine -necessary of course (and test strips)
Spa Frog-slow release chlorine--yes
Calcium booster--he says it's not needed
Defoamer-yes (but we didn't get in our kit so does manufacturer not think it's important?)
Spa Up and Spa Down-yes (not in our kit)
Natural Chemistry Spa Perfect/Spa enzyme (for water rings and odors)- in our kit , but is it necessary?
Clarifier- Leisure Time Spa Bright
Oxy Shock without Chlorine-yes
Leisure Time Spa Defender for stains, scale and rust-in our kit
303 Protectant to clean cover
Power Soak to clean filter monthly
TDS test strips to tell when to change the water
Flush product to add before draining
Our guy told me clarifier and shocker are the same. Then why does Amazon have 2 separate products? I am starting to doubt him now.
Any help will be much appreciated!