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Thread: New house with spa/pool combo

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    New house with spa/pool combo

    Hi all,

    I've read most of the stuff here (pool school, chemistry, etc.). My question is about cleaning the spa. Do you decontaminate an overspill spa just like a detached one? I've got some work to do on the pool as well (ordered tk kit), but here is some pics of the drained spa. Suggestions for removing the algea I assume at the bottom? Decontamination process?

    Thanks
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    22K gal pool/spa combo, plaster, Jandy Stealth Series pump, Jandy cartridge CL Series
    Aqua Rite SWG, AquaLink RS PDA, Laars Gas-fired Pool and Spa Heater, Polaris 280 cleaner

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    Re: New house with spa/pool combo

    Welcome to TFP!

    Since it's so easy to access being nearly empty of water, I'd first try and wipe and brush off the algae manually first so that there's less for chlorine and your filter to deal with. You can then decontaminate with a high chlorine level (see Using Chlorine In a Spa. Because the spa is attached to your pool, I don't think you can use a product like Spa System Flush since you don't want that water to get into the pool, but for just superchlorinating that's not a problem. If you can completely isolate your spa and its circulation from the pool, then Spa System Flush would be OK and would clean out your pipes of oils and/or biofilms, but you'll need to drain the water out of the spa to waste, not into your pool and not have it spillover during that process either.

    If you think your spa isn't in terrible shape except for the algae, then you could just shock with chlorine (say to 20 ppm) instead of the high superchlorinate (100 ppm) or use of Spa System Flush. I don't know your spa's history so don't know what shape it's in. Basically, if you do just a shock and then find balancing the spa that the 24-hour chlorine loss from the spa isolated from the pool is more than 25% FC drop (at hot spa temperatures), then you've got a chlorine demand problem (if the pool is exposed to sunlight, then look at the overnight loss which should be no more than a 15% FC drop, again at hot spa temps).
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    Re: New house with spa/pool combo

    Thanks for the quick reply. It can't be drained to waste or isolated completely from the pool so no Spa System Flush. I will try this. Thanks again.
    22K gal pool/spa combo, plaster, Jandy Stealth Series pump, Jandy cartridge CL Series
    Aqua Rite SWG, AquaLink RS PDA, Laars Gas-fired Pool and Spa Heater, Polaris 280 cleaner

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