Hi Friends! I've recently acquired a used Blue Ridge Spa. The history is that the previous owner bought it from someone who forgot to winterize it. I know what winterizing means but what I don't know is to what extent the damage was. Nevertheless, the person I bought the spa from said he personally replumbed the tub and basically rewired it and used it a short time before moving and sold it to me for $500. It's a 5-7 person although that seems a little overated to me. By my measurements it holds about 650 gallons. Luckily I found an owners manual for it that is almost the same. I say almost because after wiring it up to a new dedicated 220 box, including a new spa panel, it worked fine for about 2 weeks and then shut down power. Come to find out that the fuse configuration is ever so slightly different in the manual I downloaded that the schematic I found on the spa pack cover. I discovered that the previous owner had used blue fuses which I quickly discovered were for 110 not 220. After replacing the fuses, all is back up and running well. The water got to smelling and cloudy so I immediately drained the tub and refilled only to find that only the #2 jets worked and not the #1 jets. I learned on this site about air-locking. I found the union that was the culprit and got that problem solved and now, not only are both jet sets working but their working with more velocity than before! I do have an Ozonator but I have no idea if it works, I have to assume it does work but I know not what it's function is.
There, now I've given you all the background I can think of before moving on to asking your help. One of my issues is there are constantly white granules in the bottom of the tub. I can siphon them out but they come back. I THINK however, that it is the chemical I'm using. I went to Wal-Mart and bought HtH Brand Shock, Bromine Tablets, Chlorinating Sanitizer and Defoaming Solution. Along with that we bought PH Up and Down. Now I've never used the tablets. The only Bromine I ever used was once and that was the very last time I filled it after draining. I bought the little packet of granules that 1/2oz. treats 100 gallons. I think that it is the Shock or the Chlorinating granules that are not dissolving completely and resting at the bottom of the tub. I do run the jets whenever I add chemicals. I supposed I should mention that the filters (there are two of them) are of the type that screw into the ports at the bottom of the filter chamber. I DO thoroughly pressure spray them with the garden hose nozzle gun and it seems to do well. The test kit also came from Wal-Mart and it's nothing more than a glorified test kit that you would buy for an aquarium. It tests Ph and Chlorine and that's about it.
I don't know what else to mention other than we use the tub nearly daily and sometime multiple times during the course of a 24-hour period. We let it get cool when it's hot like now and then turn on the heater when the late nights are more chilly. The maximum occupants is three adults but usually just the two of us.
I'm hoping you guys can provide questions that I can answer, that will help you help me to provide consistent, good quality water. I'm also hoping you can direct me in all my ways of error to improve my techniques. Somehow I think that HtH is not a good quality chemical base and I also need to get a more spa-specific testing kit.
I know all of this is long-winded but I wanted to give you ALL the information without leaving little details out. I've read a fair bit on here and I am very impressed not only with the knowledge but also with the willingness of its members to provide that knowledge. I'm an avid classic BMW enthusiast and am part of an equally impressive group of people that fully support the hobby so I know a decent support group when I see one.