The cool weather is approaching here in the desert and spa season is upon us. This is a good time to do some basic maintenance on your spa that may have been neglected. I will endeavor a short list below.
- Spa Wood - If you have wood siding on your spa it needs periodic treatment. Here in the desert we soak the cellular moisture back in the wood with a linseed oil based deck stain. In wetter climates you may have a need for some Thompson's Water Seal. But wherever you live the thin slats on the sides of your spa don't live forever without some attention.
- Spa Cover - Spa Covers need care too, helps them last much longer. A simple washing with soap and water and some sun protection is all they need. By far the best protectant I have ever used is 303, I use it on my car and yard furniture as well.
- Filter Cartridges - Give your cartridge a good soaking in some TSP or Filter Cleaner. If your filter cartridge is no longer white, is getting "fuzzy" from the fibers breaking down, or is more than about 2 years old, it is time to replace it. If you get the filter cartridge and a tape measure near the computer you can use the filter cartridge finder to locate a new one.
- Test Kit - A spa is a much more pleasant place and needs repairing less often when the water chemistry is kept correctly. Make sure your test kit is of a good quality and that the reagents inside are not more than a year or so old. If you are using strips or a poor quality kit you should upgrade to better protect your spa, I use the Taylor Residential "Trouble-Shooter" Kit at my home.
- Don't forget if you are having any troubles with your spa technical or otherwise, feel free to email me for advice.