Hello All -
Brand new to the forum here after searching about maintaining water in a hot tub with Spa Frog in line system. I've talked to my local store and done everything they have advised, and it still seems like my water goes afoul way too fast. I am having a great deal of difficulty maintaining proper PH, Alkalinity, etc. The real frustrating thing is we purchased the hot tub with the Spa Frog system because it was supposed to be soooooo much easier to maintain! I feel like I am always chasing my tail with this thing! Anyway, sorry about the rant. This is going into the 3rd season with the tub and I am already experiencing issues with the water I just filled it with back in late August. My start up routine is as follows:
1. clean the drained tub with fresh water and a sponge, wipe down and towel out
2. fill the tub with water and then shock, allow to sit for at least 24 hours
3. once I've checked for baseline readings, put Spa Frog in-line cartridges in the system and fire it up
(now, at this point, and up until the beginning of last week, everything was fine with the water - so about 4 weeks of good readings)
4. Once we begin using the tub (2 of us, maybe 2-3 times a week), I shock it on Sunday nights, and I use Spa perfect additive on thursday at the advice of my local store - it's supposed to help maintain the water and pro-long filter life
That's about it - what's really frustrating me is I am doing everything I have been told, I am not dumb and generally very good with "technical things", but this hot tub that was supposed to be utilized for relaxation seems to start creating anything but that!
Does anyone have any suggestions? Similar experiences?
The one thing the guy at the local store told me is that maybe we are not lifting the cover off enough and allowing the water to breathe? Their are periods where I travel for work and she doesn't use it that the cover may sit on the tub for a week or more at a time without being opened. Is this a problem?
Again, any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated as I am about at my wits end!