We are finally getting around to getting our hot tub repaired. In the meantime, I'm trying to decide between bromine vs. chlorine. I used bleach with great success in our pool all summer long, thanks to you guys.
Question 1. Can anyone describe the bromine smell? I see a lot of people saying it smells like chemicals, or caustic, but can someone be more specific? What kind of chemicals (formaldehyde? household cleaner?)
Question 2. I think that using bromine I can test and "maintain" a little less? From what I'm reading, using chlorine in the hot tub is similar to using it in your pool, you need to test and maintain levels almost every day. We would probably only use the hot tub 2-3x a week and I honestly don't know if I'm up to testing nearly every day.
Question 3. The pool (oops -hot tub) has been sitting stagnant for nearly the last 6 months. I plan on draining and scrubbing it out with a bleach solution, then I need to fill it up and run some kind of biofilm remover, correct? Then for good measure I'd like to drain that, fill with water, and super shock it, then maybe drain that. Is this a sound plan?
Thanks so much!
edit - if it matters, it's a free standing Sundance hot tub, 420 gallons