New Hot Tub Owner Figuring It Out

Hello gang,

We just got a hot tub and it's my first time managing a pool or hot tub. The resources of the forum have been very helpful trying to cut through the marketing haze to get a reality check on things, so thank you. I had some college courses in chemistry, so I have some basis for making sense of it, but it's just a lot to absorb all at once. I figure at this point, I'm just going to focus on keeping Free Chlorine and pH in the right range to buy myself time to learn the rest.


Bronze Supporter
Sep 23, 2015
Enjoy your hot tub! I had one when I lived up north and really enjoyed it. A couple of hints from me - others can feel free to chime in:
Check your water hardness (Calcium) level as well. Some manufacturers *might* recommend harder/softer water.
I turned off my ozone generator. It seemed to make the chlorine disappear and did not provide any tangible benefit.
And stick with chlorine. I tried the other magic potions and chlorine was the only thing that actually worked.
And this forum is incredible! Welcome!