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    Reviving an empty tub

    Hi All,

    I've just moved an the house has a hot tub. It's currently empty and in questionable health.

    What's the process I should follow to get it filled and see what works? Are there certain things I should check first? Should I be cleaning the inside with something before filling it?

    Cheers,

    Alan.
    10,000 gal, IG, small tile on total pool, Interwater Sand, 2 hp hayward EcoStar variable sp

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    Re: Reviving an empty tub

    I recommend these two posts:
    How do I use chlorine in my spa
    Spa Decontamination
    --paulr
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    IG plaster pool 18.5K gal, Hayward Pro-Grid DE filter, 3/4 HP Hydramax II; Polaris 380, 3/4 HP booster
    AG spa 325 gal, probably Sundance of some kind
    Water testing instructions on one page

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    Re: Reviving an empty tub

    Hi Paul,

    Perfect - thanks. Would you recommend using chlorine rather than bromine in a spa?

    Cheers,

    Alan.
    10,000 gal, IG, small tile on total pool, Interwater Sand, 2 hp hayward EcoStar variable sp

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    Re: Reviving an empty tub

    I've used the dichlor/bleach method with great success. It does mean you need to be keeping an eye on the levels at least every couple of days even if you're not using it. This season I'm using bromine because I know I can't be checking on it as often as chlorine requires. Word is that bromine is more expensive; I haven't been using it long enough to tell for sure how long a bottle of bromine tabs will last, so I haven't formed an opinion.
    --paulr
    BBB "Intermediate Swimmer"
    IG plaster pool 18.5K gal, Hayward Pro-Grid DE filter, 3/4 HP Hydramax II; Polaris 380, 3/4 HP booster
    AG spa 325 gal, probably Sundance of some kind
    Water testing instructions on one page

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    Re: Reviving an empty tub

    Basically, if you are using the spa every day or two, then chlorine is easy since you just add it after your soak. However, if you only use the spa infrequently, only once or twice a week, or you have frequent times you are away from the spa, then bromine is easier since the bromine tabs keep a background bromine level for you, usually up to a week.
    16,000 gallon outdoor in-ground 16'x32' plaster pool; Pentair Intelliflo VF pump; Pentair IntelliTouch i9+3s control system; Jandy CL-340 square foot cartridge filter
    12 Fafco solar panels; Purex Triton PowerMax 250 natural gas heater (200,000 BTU/hr output); automatic electric pool safety cover; 4-wheel pressure-side "The Pool Cleaner"

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