Hello everyone!!! I am completely new to the whole hot tub ownership and am here to learn. My husband and I just recently purchased a hot tub from a friend of ours that was looking to get rid of it because of their lack of use and time. It is a Marquis Reward 6 person 2003 model. In the 5 years of them owning it have used it roughly 12 times or so.
I am from Michigan and it is currently in the teens to 20s for temp right now and it is currently sitting empty in the backyard just waiting for the GCFI (sp?) to be hooked up. Is it ok to fill a spa during these temps? It is currently winterized, but I am wanting to do a spa flush on it and wanting to "gloss" the shell and condition the cover for it prior to filling for use. Just wondering if this is ok to do during the colder temps.
Second thing is, THE WHOLE DECISION ON WHAT SANITATION SYSTEM TO GO WITH IS DRIVING ME BONKERS!!!! I have been going back and forth between the BBB method and bromine 3 step system. I just have no idea which way to go. I have been looking over the forums extensively on the BBB and bromine but just don't know which way to go.
Our spa has 2 filters and has an ozonator. Even though it is equipped with an ozonator do we really need to use it?
I would appreciate any advice as possible. I notice there is not much info on the BBB method but can't seem to find anything with measurements to use for each item and how to initially "shock" when doing a new fill or can BBB be used with bromine? I understand the 3 main products needed for the BBB but is there anything else? Ugh... I have wanted a hot tub for so long and just after going over all this new info I feel like I am way over my head and want to cry but am bound and determined to have my 'dream' of having my own hot tub with clean fresh sanitized water!!!
Would anyone be able to give me their two cents about either one of these methods whether they are advantages or disadvantages with each. I have tried to google BBB method but haven't been to triumphant on finding anything much on it except this forum.
This is my husband and I's first hot tub and we in the near future plan on building our dream home and it includes a brand new hot tub with a deck around it... so we are basically doing this used hot tub as a test run for getting to become pretty acclamated to the hot tub lifestyle....